The Magic Lantern is the musical moniker of Jamie Doe. With an immediately arresting voice that has been compared to Chet Baker and Jeff Buckley and a unique guitar style that takes elements of folk fingerpicking, Flamenco and West African music, the 10 songs that make up his second album – Love of Too Much Living – sound deceptively simple at first but open up to reveal a warmth, humour and wisdom that mark The Magic Lantern out as an artist with a unique songwriting voice.
Born in Australia before moving to the UK aged 12, it was while studying philosophy in Bristol that Jamie began performing as The Magic Lantern alongside friends and long-term collaborators in the DIY Bristol music scene including This Is The Kit, Rozi Plain and Rachael Dadd. Moving to London, Jamie expanded The Magic Lantern into a quintet of friends and together they evolved a transporting sound inspired by the immediacy of Jamie’s lyrics and lilting melodies and a shared love of improvised music. The Magic Lantern’s debut album A World In A Grain of Sand was mixed by Leo Abrahams (Brian Eno/Paul Simon) and, on subsequent release in June 2011, was critically acclaimed by Late Junction’s Verity Sharp, Bob Harris and Tom Robinson (BBC Radio 3, 2 and 6 respectively) amongst others.
Keen to focus on the intensity that comes with stripping everything away Jamie dissolved the quintet line up to return to playing and writing on his own. Love of Too Much Living is the product of two years spent crafting this new musical approach, playing hundreds of gigs around the UK with friends and contemporaries including Sam Lee & Friends and Cocos Lovers to an ever-increasing audience of enthusiasts.
Love of Too Much Living will be released on 29 September on Smugglers Records.
What other people have said about The Magic Lantern:
“Very, very special”
- Lauren Laverne, BBC 6 Music
“An exciting new talent”
- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2″
“Bitter sweet, beautiful music”
- Verity Sharp, BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
“A classic album, I love it!”
- Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2
“Outstanding acoustic songwriting”
- Tom Robinson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“**** Beautiful, engrossing music”
“4.5/5 – Wondfully composed”
- Sound Revolution.com
Fused with a mix of emotions but with gravitas and great wisdom there’s is a certain Jeff Buckley quality to the arrangements and diction, and a songwriting capacity that, like Joanna Newsom’s, is utterly otherworldly and densely descriptive. This is warm music for lonely hearts.
- Folk Radio UK
“Folky-notes power through an impressive mesh of clinking, groaning strings and deft pretty plucking. Slowly joined by more and more sound – everything from a crack to whistle – it bursts into life towards the end, the stone finally breaking down to reveal what the band are all about… bold, heartwrenching (and still bloody clever) songs.”
- Neu Magazine
“This is chamber music for the masses”
- LBC 97.3FM