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Dinosaur | Wonder Trail

Mercury shortlisted band Dinosaur continue to surprise and impress with their remarkable new album ‘Wonder Trail’.

Worldwide Release: 4th May 2018
Format: CD / LP / DN / Streaming
CD Barcode: 5060509790371
LP Barcode: 5060509790388
CD Cat #: EDN1111
LP Cat #: EDNLP1111

Album Launch: 3rd May – Kings Place, London

LAURA JURD trumpet, synth
CONOR CHAPLIN electric bass

CD Track-listing //

1. Renewal (Part I)
2. Quiet Thunder
3. Shine Your Light
4. Forgive, Forget
5. Old Times’ Sake
6. Set Free
7. Swimming
8. Renewal (Part II)
9. And Still We Wonder

LP Track-listing //

Side A: 1. Renewal (Part I) 2. Quiet Thunder 3. Shine Your Light 4. Forgive, Forget
Side B: 5. Old Times’ Sake 6. Set Free 7. Swimming 8. Renewal (Part II) 9. And Still We Wonder


Dinosaur’s second album is as electrifyingly different as anyone who knows Laura Jurd’s track record would expect. Never one to be labeled, the fearsomely talented and multiple award-winning Jurd has a Miles-like way of taking her work and tuning it to illuminate a vast array of musical worlds. She’s done orchestrated and meticulously composed; jazz rock grooves; electronic minimalism; mainstream jazz and now, with her new album, Wonder Trail, and band Dinosaur, keyboard maestro Elliot Galvin to the fore, she’s plundered the synth-pop of the 1980s for a new sound. But this is not gratuitous borrowing, or any kind of hipsterish, retro post-modernism. For one, these are very current sounds (Broen’s an indie band with similar reference points that comes up in conversation). And for two, Jurd and Galvin use the poptastic-ness of the keyboard sound as a sort of tin opener to get into all kinds of serious musical areas – improvisation, vocodered strangeness, strutting rockishness, bucolic folkiness. But, as with any proper stylistic amalgam, the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.

Wonder Trail, whilst being a stations of the cross tour through an array of musical influences/interests, synthesises the experience (in more ways than one). It’s the use of the synth as the core sound that brings it all together, the other instruments queued in by its stabs and swirls, energised and contextualised. Within, around and over this hovers Jurd’s clear-toned trumpet sound which manages to be hot and cool without any apparent expenditure of energy – poised is the word I suppose, but that belies the power and incisiveness of her improvising and technique.

Laura is keen to join the tricky task of placing the music on some kind of stylistic map. “There’s two vocals on the album. Plus one track with a scattering of vocals… something to bear in mind. The pop / folk influence is definitely there. There’s certainly more of that in there than the second Viennese school! Perhaps it could be described simply as ‘synth-pop meets jazz band’. I quite like the clarity of that. Personally I’d love to filter that down further and say – ‘Dinosaur is a trumpet-led, instrumental band’. That way it’s left to the music to explain the rest – which is something unique and personal for every listener.”


All music by Laura Jurd
Recorded at Giant Wafer Studios, Wales on 27th – 31st October 2017
Recorded and Mixed by Sonny Johns
Mastered by Tom Leader



6th April – Movimentos Arts Festival, Germany
3rd May – Kings Place, London – ALBUM LAUNCH
4th May – Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham
5th May – Rataplan, Antwerp, Belgium
6th May – Derry, Northern Ireland
11th May – Lantaren Venster, Rotterdam, Netherlands
12th May – Paradox, Tilburg, Netherlands
28th May  – BBC The Biggest Weekend, Coventry
14th June – Hare & Hounds, Birmingham w/ Seb Rochford
15th June – Band On The Wall, Manchester w/ Seb Rochford
19th June – Watermill, Dorking
20th June – The Basement Jazz Club, York
21st June – The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen
22nd June – King Tut’s, Glasgow
23rd June – Harwich Jazz Festival
28th June – The Garage, Norwich
30th June – Club 85, Hitchin
13th July – North Sea Jazz, Rotterdam
14th July – Jazz @ the Oast, Marden
18th July – The Lescar, Sheffield
17th August – Festival de Malguenac, France

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