Jamie T – ‘Magnolia Melancholia’

Jamie Treays follows 2014's album with a gritty EP that evokes his earlier ramshackle spirit

After allowing five years to drift by between 2009’s second album ‘Kings And Queens’ and last September’s ‘Carry On The Grudge’, Jamie T has waited only six months to drop this new EP. ‘Magnolia Melancholia’ – led by last year’s maudlin reggae comeback ‘Don’t You Find’ and featuring three new tracks and two covers – shows the Wimbledon scruff has rediscovered the vitality of his early releases. It crackles with the demo-flavoured charm of 2006’s ‘Betty And The Selfish Sons’ EP: the energetic ska of ‘Marilyn Monroe’ is layered with dreamy guitar picking; the title-track’s homespun punk wraps feedback around a typical Jamie lament; and the brilliant ‘Riverbed’ evolves from folky strum to Britpop chugger. He integrates covers of Canadian group Bran Van 3000’s ‘Mama Don’t Smoke’ and US indie legends The Replacements’ ‘Bastards Of Young’ easily into the stoned-out atmosphere. Jamie T is rolling back the years, and it sounds great.

Details

Director: Ben Bones, James Dring, Jamie T
Record label: Virgin EMI
Release date: 06 Apr, 2015