Lawson "Last Night Stars"
Features the Radio Favourite "Heal A Bone"
April 16, 2004 on Allotment Records, Distributed through RMG-Chart
Having released a series of three Eps on his own label Allotment Recordings over the last two years, Jamie has now completed his breathtaking debut album, ‘Last Night Stars’, to be released in Ireland on 16th April 2004 through RMG-Chart. “Making this album was not at all how I expected it to be,” he says. “I thought it would be a lot easier, but the main problem for me was trusting my instincts and letting things happen for themselves, trying to find the feel of a song and letting that breathe even if it’s not technically perfect. A lot of blood, sweat and tears have been put into these recordings. And a lot of love.”
WHAT THE CRITICS SAY.
intimate, emotional and intense.a star of the future without a doubt."
Strong melodies, compelling delivery and a breath-taking voice have won Jamie Lawson both critical acclaim and a loyal following since his move to London from his native Plymouth.
Following a stint
studying photography at Art College, Jamie turned his attention full-time
to music. ‘When I picked up a guitar, it was like breathing out,
a sigh of relief,’ he says. The move to London came soon after,
with solo gigs at the 12 Bar and the Kashmir Klub leading to support slots
in London and in Ireland for artists such as Thea Gilmore, Damian Rice,
The Frames, Jackie Leven, Mundy, The 4 Of Us and Bellx1, and a performance
at the Royal Festival Hall.
Last Night Stars was recorded between November 2002 and July 2003 in the tiny home studio of Lawson's friend and producer, Patrick Sturrock, in Crouch End, London. These songs are straight from the heart, sung in Lawson's distinctive, lilting voice: twisting and turning delicately on a note like a gentler, quieter Ron Sexsmith one moment, carrying a beautifully emotive cargo of meaning and tenderness like a folkier Adam Duritz the next. Sturrock's and Lawson's beautiful arrangements - of cello, glockenspiel, mandolin, accordion and piano - encircle these songs with the most exquisite of care. The intimacy and special-ness of recording in such a small, comfortable place, with a trusted friend, is absolutely palpable.
Unsurprisingly, each of these recordings comes with its own story: the common theme, seemingly, being one of letting the beauty and honesty of the songs emerge naturally. Says Jamie:
"I must have tried recording 'Union St' 20 times. I tried bassoons and oboes, samples and drum loops, strings and all sorts, but it always came back to the very first take, with the first guitar and first vocal done live as a guide. For some reason it wouldn't let me go.
'Brave' came about after a gig I'd done at The Dublin Castle in London with my old band, Haiku. Haiku were very much a rock/grunge band that loved to play loud with complicated key changes and me shouting a lot. I'd been getting so tired from doing this basically draining experience that after this particular gig I left as soon as I could, got home and started playing the easiest, simplest chords I knew. And 'Brave' was what came out.
"'Wheat For Billie' was written, funnily enough, after watching Billie Piper look miserable on a TV show. It made me happy - not because she was miserable, but because she couldn't fake happiness, and being a teen pop star, you're supposed to. I respected her for that. Happiness, of all things, should not be faked."
Last Night Stars is
released on February 6th 2004 through Allotment Recordings and tour dates
will be announced shortly.
SEE JAMIE LAWSON THROUGHOUT IRELAND SUPPORTING STEWART AGNEW
Stewart Agnew May/June Tour