Shortly before Hooray! For Happiness
was released Jamie began work on follow up The Nothing
, a collection of songs about mortality and coming to come to terms with the loss of close friend James MacDonald after a severe car accident that happened during his teenage years. After seven years in the works the album was finally released in the summer of 2017 by Naim Records to critical acclaim.
"Elegiac, cathartic, rewarding, and beautifully moving."
★★★★ - Uncut Magazine
"A labour of love about life's transience and fragility."
★★★★ - Mojo
"An extended meditation on life, death and memory."
★★★★ - The Independent
"This profoundly personal album will linger long, if you let it, it will seep deep until you weep (with relief and release)."
★★★★★ - Music News
"All told, it’s the kind of record you could obsess about; the kind of record you’ll foist on friends, music that you know you’ll be playing months from now. Highly recommended."
★★★★ - The Skinny
"It's one of the albums that just needs to be heard."
★★★★ - Norman Records