- 27 Sep 16
Where do you start with Jamie Treays? Here is an intense young man whose early career was dogged by severe panic attacks yet who has always aspired to an old fashioned, chart-slaying idea of stardom.
Face to face, he flits from introspective to outgoing in a finger click. And, while avowedly non-political throughout our conversation Treays will, several days later, give it to the Brexit crowd, accusing them of behaving “despicably” in the run-up to Britain’s EU referendum. The boy contains multitudes.
You don’t have to meet him to get a sense of this complexity. It’s all there in his music, especially on just released fourth album, Trick (which at the time of writing is locked in a battle to secure UK number one with British country duo Ward Thomas).
Here he pings with dilettante zeal from white kid rap to avant-garde metal, with side-swerves into twee indie and krautrock. There’s a lot happening – which makes the record’s general coherence even more impressive. It’s a tidy mess, an articulate shriek for attention.