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Camera Obscura

Posted 16 Jul 2013 @ 10:49am

It’s been a little while between drinks for Camera Obscura. In early 2011, following extensive touring in support of acclaimed fourth album My Maudlin Career, keyboardist Carey Lander was diagnosed with cancer, and the Scottish quintet were forced to put immediate plans – including the writing of record number five – on hold.  In February this year, with Lander recovering, the band played...

Posted 5 Jul 2013 @ 9:41am

The distinctions between each album from Glasgow’s Camera Obscura are becoming less and less obvious, with the five-piece clearly refining their sound on their previous album, the near-faultless My Maudlin Career.

 

Expectations are once again met on Desire Lines, which follows a four-year hiatus for the band. True to form, there’s a fair divide between melancholic, girl-group-...

Posted 15 May 2013 @ 1:35pm

God dammit I just got flashbacks to the PS2 game Project Zero where you had to take pictures of ghosts using a camera obscura and it scared the fuck out of me and when one of my mates played it stoned he reached a state of shock where he could only communicate with chicken noises for a whole night. Anyway, I also have faint memories of Camera Obscura the band, and Do It Again is a fairly safe...

Posted 17 Feb 2012 @ 9:58am

 

Almost two years ago to the day, Slow Club stole my last twenty bucks. At Sydney Festival to see Camera Obscura, I was stunned by the opening act who all but blew them off the stage. Unsure if I’d ever be able to hear their music again, I almost had to fake a seizure to get through the crowd at the merch stand to grab their first album, Yeah, So?. The long, penniless walk home was...

Posted 7 Jun 2011 @ 11:26am

 

The title-track from The Ladybug Transistor’s new album has a sunny rhythm and a faded romantic tone, similar to Jens Lekman’s music, but a little sweeter and maybe a little less distinctive. The kicking pace and earnest vocals also remind me of Belle And Sebastian, or pretty much anything from that pale pool of fey indie pop that is now almost retro. Sweet.

 

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