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The Last Dinosaur: Hooray! For happiness (2010), DearStereoFan

The Last Dinosaur es el proyecto musical de Jamie Cameron y Luke Hayden, dos jóvenes de Cambridge que reclutaron para sus directos y para dar forma al disco a Jennifer Hall, Ben Bennett, Rachel Lanskey y Matthew Simp. Con sus primeras maquetas consiguieron llamar la atención de Simon Raymonde (tercera parte de Cocteau Twins y capo de Bella Union), y abrirse un pequeño hueco en la prensa especializada británica. Su sonido es difícil de asimilar a una primera escucha, a medio camino entre el Post-Rock, el Ambient, el Pop más sofisticado y de vanguardia, el Free-Jazz o los patrones más cercanos a la música electrónica, si bien ellos afirman que no han utilizado ordenadores para registrar su primer disco, valiéndose tan sólo de instrumentos analógicos. Su Pop de vanguardia les hace estar a la altura de gentes como Sigur Rós, Anthony Hegarty, Animal Collective, Broken Social Scene, Devendra Banhart, Flaming Lips o los Radiohead más conceptuales. Gracias a Claudia Ortiz (Dearstereofan) por enviarnos su información y dossiers!! Puedes oír el álbum integramente desde aquí o descargar gratuitamente su Ep Home (2009), gracias a la discográfica WIAIWYA pinchando aquí.
“The Last Dinosaur is Jamie Cameron and Luke Hayden.
This album was recorded on and off between December 2007 and March 2009.
No computers were used in the recording of this music.
All songs were recorded at home (Essex) on a multi-track recorder, usually late at night and often written as we recorded.
All songs were limited to 16-tracks, so to save tracks drums were recorded with two microphones (one in the bassdrum, one overhead) and a looping pedal was used in instances where harmonising parts were needed with a lack of tracks.
A lot of parts in these songs were first take improvisations (for instance, the guitar solo in The Record Player, all the piano in Gusts Of Wind.., the piano flourishes in Home and I Found My Voice, the viola in The Song Playing.., most of the sax parts throughout the album and more).
This music is by no means perfect, so if that’s what you like perhaps find something a little more polished, this is raw, unplanned, homerecorded, honest music with background noise, off-notes, hiss and mistakes and we wouldn’t want it any other way.
These songs were mastered by John Golden @ Golden Mastering (Sonic Youth, Rachel’s, My Morning Jacket, Devendra Banhart etc)
We are attempting to have a video for each song on the album:
For any promo related enquiries please contact: (
“What the industry needs is a few DIY purists that can show what’s achievable with a little effort, creativity and confidence. What the industry needs is The Last Dinosaur.
Hooray! For Happiness is a DIY record – like, “to the max”. This body of both intimate and widescreen work (more on that later) wasn’t created on a Mac with endless tracks at its creators’ disposal, it was made on a 16 track recorder. The album’s liner notes detail the challenges at hand when recording an album under such constraints: just two microphones were all that could be afforded to the drums (one over head and one in the kick drum) and that the way around harmonies was to use a loop pedal. This admission isn’t apologetic however, it’s proud — and rightly so.
Across 12 tracks The Last Dinosaur (Jamie Cameron & Luke Hayden) have managed to put together a record which defies coherent classification. Opening with Every Second Is A Second Chance, a thousand digital raindrops explode over and over again while, slowly but surely, a tribal drum fades into the foreground ready to play call and answer with the piano that follows it. It builds. A saxophone floats in the middle distance. The ebb and flow continues until it climaxes in a bombast of cymbals, guitars and euphoric vocal chanting. In this track alone you could throw comparisons such as Ólafur Arnalds, Broken Social Scene and Explosions In The Sky into the mix.
After six and a half glorious opening minutes we have, ostensibly, a post-rock album in our hands. Think again. Every Second… is followed by Fool — which has proper vocals. “I’m a fool for you,” repeats over and over as the chord progression repeats over and over; pianos, acoustics and bass drive the track in its infancy, its intimacy, while the just-more-than-a-breath vocal mantra loops. Falling over itself into second gear a string section lifts the track out of its intimacy into its grandiose conclusion.
It’s this balance between intimacy and the epic that sits at the centre of Hooray! For Happiness; everything is measured and calculated. The loud-quiet-loud dynamic isn’t exactly a new idea but its execution here is subtle. Things build naturally. The same trick is rarely employed twice with all manner of guitars, pianos, strings, brass, vocals and percussion taking centre stage on varying tracks. The album takes turns into the hushed folk of Bon Iver (Be That Boy), the soundtrack landscapes of Sigur Ros (The Song Playing at the End of the Film of My Life) and the organic electronics of Fridge (The First Last Dinosaur Song) without ever losing focus or coherence.
An extra insight into this labour of love is the liner notes accompanying each track, giving a gimps into the each piece’s conception; The Greatest Film Never Made (an album highlight) was inspired by the documentary Lost In La Mancha about Terry Gilliam’s still incomplete film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, the piano recorded using a 60’s ribbon microphone “donated by a very generous older gentleman who would come into Blockbuster every Thursday.” Combine this with a series of video shorts to accompany each track and you have something which becomes more than just the album, it’s a package; a project.
When the Beatles recorded Sgt Pepper they used a four track recorder and still decided A Day in the Life was doable; there’s a lot to be said for creativity through limitation. The Last Dinosaur take this idiom and run with it by creating one of most refreshing, creative and inventive records of the year
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5 febrero, 2010 Posted by | The Last Dinosaur | Deja un comentario


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