Somewhere, someone is enjoying an exotic, European love affair like the one unfurling itself over the first half of "French Navy": the first offering from Camera Obscura
's upcoming release My Maudlin Career
(4AD). London, Paris, Rome; the two young lovers featured here certainly have the right background in which to set their enchanting escapades to. So young, so sweet...it's all sort of painful to watch Just being honest.
But damn that Tracyanne Campbell
! Does she know how to kill a storybook ending, or what? Just when everything's going so good, the line "I wanted to control it/But love I couldn't hold it" slips out of the lovely Scottish lark's lips and...poof! This here romance is doomed.
Somewhere, someone is enjoying a not so exotic, European love affair like the one unfurling itself over the second half of this video. - David Pitz
With John Peel as an early champion, Glasgow's Camera Obscura are fondly regarded by many as one of the UK's finest acts; having built up over the years a dedicated following with must-have records and tours throughout Europe, USA, Mexico, Australia and South East Asia. Their last album, Let's Get Out Of This Country (2006), was to prove pivotal for the band, taking them out of the shadows and to long-deserved new heights. You might not find heartache as enchanting as this anywhere else, stated All Music Guide in a familiar glowing review.
Nearly three years on from that release and Camera Obscura are ready to release the follow-up, My Maudlin Career; their first for their new label (the legendary indie, 4AD) and fourth overall. After his successful touches on their last record, they returned to Sweden to work again with Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen (Ed Harcourt, Peter, Bjorn & John, The Concretes). His wonderful understanding with the band continues to flourish, again fully realizing not just the potential of Tracyanne Campbell's songs and remarkable voice, but also the ensemble musicianship of the group as a whole.
Speaking for the first time about My Maudlin Career, lead singer Tracyanne Campbell commented, "Some people who have heard it say it's intense and quite dark. I suppose it is in a way. We were even more open and brave when making it than we were with the last record. I've never been so brutal when its come to writing lyrics. I wouldn't even call them lyrics. Just documentation of what was going on with me for a while. I truly believe it's the best we've done so far."
Prior to releasing the album, comes the single, 'French Navy', out a week before the album on April 13th. You won't have to wait until then to hear new music though as the new album's title track is available to hear on both the band's website and MySpace page now. It is also being gifted as a free download for those who sign up to the band's new mailing list and for sale from iTunes.
Finally, the quick will have already spotted that they have already announced two warm-up shows in March (London and New York) and that they are playing at this year's SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. However, not announced until today is the news that the band will play a hometown show at Glasgow Barrowlands Ballroom and a return to the capital with a Shepherds Bush Empire headline show.