New Release: The Magic Lantern – Albatross / To The Islands

The Magic Lantern, the musical moniker of Jamie Doe, returns with new album To The Islands, out 2nd November

What’s more, Doe has unveiled a beautiful new track, in the form of Albatross – take a listen below…

To The Islands was written following a tumultuous journey to Jamie’s childhood home in Australia, after nearly 10 years away, and explores memory and hope in a world of near constant uncertainty. It draws on a wide range of sounds and textures from folk finger picking to pulsating grooves, lush string quintet lyricism to narcotic late night saxophone jams, all united by Jamie’s instantly recognisable voice and inimitable song-writing style

Talking about the album, Doe elaborates “I came back to London with a bunch of half-finished songs and a broken heart but having done a lot of thinking, so I wrote a song to the person I hoped to meet (Holding Hands); about hope during these times of uncertainty (Albatross); about the role and responsibility of the individual in this period of upheaval (Between the World & Me); of fear of failure and the paralyses of regret (Scattered Leaves); the complex naivety of following your dreams (Lydia); about my Dad’s Alzheimer’s (Two Bells); about how we hide what we really feel (Masks); about the inevitability of all things passing (Tangled Chimes); of the unique kind of anxiety I get when I wake up and worry during the early hours (Darling Day); and about finding my now wife Rhia during the course of making the album (Re: Her)”

Born in Australia before moving to the UK at 12, Jamie adopted the stage name of The Magic Lantern and began writing songs while studying philosophy in Bristol. Moving to London in 2007, his debut album was released with a chamber-folk style quintet in 2011 before returning to his solo roots with an intimate second album in 2014

Upcoming live dates include…

01/11 – The Others, London
04/11 – Cafe Kino, Bristol
17/11 – House Show, Birmingham
18/11 – Bicycle Shop, Norwich
21/11 – The Lighthouse, Deal
23/11 – Pindrop Sessions at Brixton Pound Cafe, London
24/11 Unamplifire Festival, St Mark’s, London
28/11 The Prince Albert, Stroud