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Elegiac, cathartic, rewarding, and beautifully moving."
8 out of 10 - Uncut Magazine

"A labour of love about life's transience and fragility."
★★★★ - Mojo

"An extended meditation on life, death and memory."
★★★★ - The Independent

"All told, it’s the kind of record you could obsess about; the kind of record you’ll foist on friends, music that you know you’ll be playing months from now. Highly recommended."
★★★★ - The Skinny

"Poignant."
★★★★ - Classic Pop

"A wide-screen dreamscape of a record, brimming with emotion without ever becoming maudlin."
★★★★ - NARC magazine

"To say this is one of the best albums of 2017 doesn't do it any justice. It's beautifully written and composed, from its delicate atmospheres to its sweeping harmonies and bright, elaborate arrangements. One of the most accomplished indie folk albums you'll come across this year besides Father John Misty's Pure Comedy."
91% - Sound & Silence

"It is soul bearing, heart wrenching and most importantly; breathtakingly honest. These qualities are the hallmarks of truly great artistry and Jamie Cameron has firmly cemented himself as a time transcending artist of impeccable quality."
The Line of Best Fit

"The Nothing manages to be elegant without pouring into the lachrymal or the neurasthenic. And just for that, it deserves all your attention." - TSUGI

"The Nothing is an album of transcendent beauty and is one of the finest pieces of music I’ve had the privilege of reviewing."
93% - Belwood Music

"A redemption shaped as one man’s attempt to address both his own latent grief and our fragile mortality." - Live4ever

"The Nothing is a flawless and soul catching album that will doubtless stir the hearts and minds of thousands." - Artree

"Thanks to insightful, yet light-as-feather orchestrations, where strings flirt with piano and, sometimes, saxophone and James’ intense singing. He says they're influenced by Talk Talk. It's an influence you can spot in the way he deals with silences to give depth to the compositions which makes them breathe beyond the anguish and somehow let the light in.” - MagicRPM

"The Last Dinosaur manage to be experimental whilst also retaining breathtaking beauty and simplicity, a rare feat indeed." - Bittersweet Symphonies

"Patience and attention is awarded with swimmingly hypnotic folk and dream-pop, all fed through a best friend’s obituary."
7 out of 10 - Soundblab

"The entire album is an emotional journey."
- Born Music

"Quietly bold, gently uplifting." - PROG magazine

"Perfect for those late night car rides, those long ass train journeys and even just to put on while staring out at the battering storm going on in your back yard." - A Loose Cardigan of Ideas

"An incredible album." - Kurrent Music

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Poignant, dreamlike, beautiful: The Last Dinosaur’s The Nothing is a record to swim in. The brainchild of Essex-born Londoner Jamie Cameron, it’s an album that addresses a tragic event from his teenage years, and transmutes that experience into a cathartic work of art.

At 16, Jamie had met kindred spirit James Macdonald at music college and recorded the 2004 album Good Morning Sunshine… and Goodnight with him under the name Since I Was a Little Girl, a well-received debut through the independent label Where It’s At Is Where You Are. But a year later, Jamie was in a car crash that tragically claimed the life of his best friend. Out for the day with one of Jamie’s sisters and another friend, the car aquaplaned and hit another car at a junction. James’ injuries were the worst among the passengers, and when he passed away, Jamie was in a state of shock. “I’d had a pretty idyllic life until then, nothing particularly bad had happened,” Jamie says. “That was a difficult experience to comprehend. Despite how harrowing it was, I thought came out of it relatively mentally unscathed, although in hindsight that’s a trick you tell yourself.”

Instead, he began recording with another music college friend, Luke Hayden, as The Last Dinosaur. Jamie’s parents split up, he broke up with his girlfriend, and The Last Dinosaur’s debut album Hooray! For Happiness attempted to come to terms with these experiences, while avoiding the real elephant in the room. “I was doing everything to avoid confronting this really big thing that happened at an age when you don’t generally experience death and loss,” Jamie says.

Afterwards, depression took hold of him, but over the course of years, he began writing, recording and amassing songs that addressed his grief and own fear of dying. The powerful The Nothing began to take shape. “It wasn’t an intention of mine to write an album about dying or anything like that, but I realised after I’d written a few songs that they all were about it in some way. It got to a point where I couldn’t really avoid it. I’d done the divorce album and it was all I was left with, trying to make sense of this thing that happened. Halfway through I realised it was profoundly cathartic, it made me felt less scared of dying.”

The Nothing is uplifting, life-affirming. Its lyrics may tackle the subject of mortality, but the gorgeous, overlapping, interlacing melodies are like drifting in a blissful reverie. ‘We’ll Greet Death’, with its strings, piano, saxophone and acoustic guitar is defiant, possessed of an emotional complexity. On ‘Grow’, Jamie’s lovely acoustic plucking forms the basis for a song about the fragility of life, while ‘The Sea’ is a meditative post-rock movement that begins in a hushed place and concludes over five minutes later in a gorgeous string-laden denouement. Although Jamie professes to a childhood love for R.E.M and most of all, Talk Talk, the music here is very much his own, self-penned and performed with close friend Rachel Lanskey providing viola on most of the songs. “I’ve had a very strong sense of never wanting to copy anyone else’s music, I just want to sound like me,” Jamie says.

Created between 2009 and 2016, The Nothing is a stunning, affecting album that is also a touching tribute to Jamie’s late friend. “Someone called it elegiac,” Jamie says. “I quite liked that notion.”

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released July 7, 2017

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Track Name: Atoms
When I die
Burn my body
Set alight
To set me free
Release the ash
Into the sea
Celebrate
Ceremony

Carry this breath
Across the breeze
Every sigh
Every sneeze
These atoms will
Become a tree
A life is left
To history

I don't need a sign that when my bones are left behind my consciousness will leave my mind and just evaporate until there's nothing left.
Track Name: Grow
I realise that skin and bone
are merely craft of stick and stone
to give the heart a place to grow

Wrap me in foil,
plant me in soil
and though I may spoil
my heart will never rot

I realise that skin and bone
are simply seeds that aren't yet sown
but slowly finding their way home

Wrap me in foil,
plant me in soil
and though I may spoil
those seeds will soon be free
Track Name: All My Faith
The love you're after
isn't sold
It can't be bartered
or borrowed

You will be loved,
you know you have
all my faith

The love you're after
is so bold
It will not die
or grow old

You will be loved,
you know you have
all my faith

When all is over
for this world
The love showed her
will save your soul
Track Name: We'll Greet Death
I was on
I was off
I was par for the course
Just a rock
On a roll
Just a boy
Just a girl

Even if
Time eats time
Even if
Time eats time

And you say
That's all there is
So don't go and waste it
You should know
I plan to
Live a life without regret
And you say
That's all there is
No goodbye, no farewell kiss
And if you aren't remembered
Then you never existed

We'll greet death
Track Name: I Couldn't Wait
I couldn't wait
I packed my things up and waited
for the day
When my mistakes
would leave my body and
evaporate

I just couldn't do it
I wasn't serious
and though I
might feel better if I die
I don't want to leave it this way

You'll never know
such insight
without the loss
of the innocence
of your childhood
and it's never to return

I couldn't wait
I packed my things up and waited
for the day
When my mistakes
would leave my body and
evaporate
Track Name: Wings
Four years
is how long i've read
it takes to walk across
the land of the dead

I'll give you wings that fit
so you can fly over it

If the Sirens
trick you with their song
and pull you down towards
an ocean a thousand miles long

I'll build you wooden ships
so you can sail over it
Track Name: The Sea
Verily
You'll wait for me,
over the land,
across the sea
This weighted hand
is finally free
of fallen sand,
falling like tears

Verily
You'll wait for me,
over the land,
across the sea
And yet you wait
so patiently
until the day
I cross that sea
Track Name: Goodnight
The night
was over
before
it even began
the headlights
both trace
lines through
the dark

The night
was over
before
we'd even arrived
the streetlamps
all watch
you lie in
the road