Jamie T: ‘I don’t want the next album to take five years’

The singer promised new material "sooner rather than later" ahead of unplugged show

Jamie T has spoken about his plans to release a new album “sooner rather than later”.

The singer, whose real name is Jamie Treays, released his third album ‘Carry On The Grudge’ last year after a five year absence from music, and followed it with the ‘Magnolia Melancholia’ EP earlier this year.

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“I certainly don’t want to take five years this time,” Treays told Q backstage at his acoustic Hackney Empire show yesterday (June 12). “I’m in the studio – I never really left. I am working on things. I wouldn’t like to say when it’ll be finished.”

“It’d be nice to get something out a bit quicker than [the last album],” he continued. “So that’s the next thing – recording and hopefully coming out with something sooner rather than later. Beating five years is all I can ask for.”

Treays also discussed the nature of the show, which saw him play some songs solo, some with a string quartet and some with his band during a set of rare, unreleased and new material. “We play shows and they’re big live shows and I love that,” he explained, “but it does mean that half the songs we’ve recorded can’t get played because the dynamic difference would just be weird. It’s something we’ve been wanting to do for a while, to go back to those old EPs and try and play some of them.”

One of the songs in the set was the never-before-heard ‘Young Bastard’, which the musician said he had found while searching through old files but couldn’t “remember writing it”. “That was exciting for me,” he said. “I’ve always shelved material and never really bothered going back and listening to it all. So that was really interesting, listening through and finding things.”