The path usually represents the shortest or most easily navigated route between an origin and destination. Music movies tv comedy games books drink politics travel tech. The songs on camera obscura s latest have a new grandeur and assurance, writes maddy costa. World cafe tracyanne campbell and her band visit the world cafe studios to perform songs from their latest record, desire lines. Desire lines also sounds richer than any of camera obscura s previous albums. The bands line up changed in 2000 and 2001 when lee thompson joined as its permanent drummer, lindsay boyd joined as a keyboard player, and skirving left and was replaced by kenny mckeeve. The album was released on 3 june 20 on the 4ad record label. It quickly found its way onto a slew of best of lists, including npr, library journal. One listen to desire lines and the answer is a resounding yes. Add to cart recorded in portland, oregon with grammynominated producer tucker martine, desire lines is the bands fifth studio album. Desire lines marked a first for camera obscura as they recorded the entire album in portland tucker martines studio called flora, being the first time theyve recorded completely out of.
Camera obscura s first album, biggest bluest hi fi, was released in 2001. Camera obscura is excited to announce their longawaited return to the us with july tour dates. Soon after, tracyanne gave birth to her first child and went on maternity leave. The 2009 followup my maudlin career and now fifth album desire lines dont see camera obscura wildly altering their sound, but theres a certain development that comes from years of refining their increasingly cool and selfassured songs. Camera obscura on family, emotional memory, and how. Lets get out of this country is the third studio record by the british indie pop band camera obscura, released by elefant records on 6 june 2006. Camera obscura, desire lines the scottish band further refines its grabbag of armswinging brunette soul, swaying country and lite disco. Camera obscura s new album, desire lines, comes out june 4. It was recorded in portland, oregon with producer tucker martine, and features guest vocals from. Following on from their 4ad debut in 2011 with my maudlin career the band release with the label once again. Camera obscura by kathryn lomer english paperback book. Working in the us with southern gentleman tucker martine was a positive.
Camera obscura desire lines new vinyl record see more like this. Desire lines was delayed by a twoyear period of uncertainty for the band. Desire lines npr coverage of desire lines by elizabeth kingston. The album addresses themes of heartbreak, escapism and boredom. The bookman 2010, camera obscura 2011 and the great game. The songs on camera obscuras latest have a new grandeur and assurance, writes maddy costa. It was recorded in portland, oregon with producer tucker martine, and features guest vocals from neko case and my morning jackets jim james.
Desire lines, taken from camera obscura s 4ad session. Desire lines, an album by camera obscura on spotify. If theres been a legitimate gripe against camera obscura, its that it pulled punches in the service of a caricature of emotion. Muybridge chalked lines and numbers on a board behind the track to. Desire lines is more confident and direct than anything in the bands catalog. Camera obscura recorded desire lines in december of 2012 when they decamped to portland to work with grammynominated producer tucker martine r.
Desire lines is camera obscura tiredly returning to pure twee pop, made with camera obscura s exponentially increasing prowess for arrangements, and while thats impressive, it ends up lying in the middleground. Most of the 12 lush songs on desire lines waltz along prettily horns here, strings there, sweet guitar pop all over but the similar tempos somehow seem comforting instead of repetitive. Early in her bands career, camera obscura s tracyanne campbell won constant comparisons with belle and sebastians stuart murdoch, and rightfully so. Camera obscura fifth in line to the throne 4ad duration. Its so refreshing to put on an album and let it play through and enjoy each and every song without being tempted to hit the skip button. In the end, though, the desire for quality musicals advanced sound technology. Desire paths emerge as shortcuts where constructed paths take a circuitous route, have gaps, or are nonexistent. Camera obscura recorded their 5th album desire lines in december of 2012 when they decamped to portland to work with grammy nominated producer. Knight logo corporation for public broadcasting npr. Watch camera obscura perform do it again, from the recent desire lines. I have all of camera obscura s albums and although i dont find desire lines to be as hit heavy as lets get out of this country or my maudlin career i think this is their best album from start to finish. Camera obscura by kathryn lomer english paperback book free shipping. World cafe tracyanne campbell and her band visit the world cafe studios to perform songs from their latest record, desire lines, and talk to host david dye about how.
Its been four years since camera obscura released their last album and it feels like a lifetime ago when their brand of witty, winsome indie pop was the underground style du jour does the world need another album from camera obscura. Camera obscura recorded their 5th album desire lines last december when they decamped to portland to work with grammy nominated producer tucker martine r. Desire lines is the first camera obscura album that doesnt seem to bring much new to the table, though its hard to complain when they have vocal melodies as. Desire lines is the fifth album released by scottish indie pop band camera obscura. Desire lines is more confident and direct than anything in the groups catalog.
Hear camera obscura perform songs from their album, desire lines, in the soundcheck studio, and reflects on coming back after a hiatus and health struggles, and on scotlands upcoming referendum. Both are completely sincere in their quest to recreate and reimagine the sound of americas socalled golden age, though their approach is neither affectation nor quirk, but rather. Camera obscura underachievers please try harder amazon. James ellroy hailed the book as a brilliantly etched phantasmagoric. Camera obscura reveal their fifth studio album, desire lines. Their latest album, desire lines a career bestnpr, was. More so than any other camera obscura record, desire lines taps into a girl group aestheticthat is, lushly arranged songs about scorned lovers and keeping hope alive, always with a bit of advice thrown in, or at the very least a lesson learned. The fivetrack session was filmed in the bands hometown of glasgow, at the tron theatre, whose 16th century clock tower is one of the city.
If not the best camera obscura album, desire lines is at least the most consistent. Anna isola crollacourtesy of the artist audio for this feature is no longer available. A desire path is a path created as a consequence of erosion caused by human or animal foot traffic. The width and severity of erosion are often indicators of the traffic level that a path receives. Desire lines again shows the dreamy, lavish, rich sounds of this scottish band, led by the vocals of tracyanne campbell.398 374 813 731 1344 1135 778 449 1055 1246 1084 792 4 828 581 208 91 1409 158 908 255 824 1361 588 141 191 1095 261 886 910