Camera Obscura ‎– Desire Lines



Camera Obscura ‎– Desire Lines


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Desire Lines is the fifth album released by Scottish indie pop band Camera Obscura. The album was released in 2013 on the 4AD record label. It was recorded in Portland, Oregon with producer Tucker Martine, and features guest vocals from Neko Case and My Morning Jacket's Jim James.

“Desire Lines started life in 2011 - shortly after the release of their 4AD debut My Maudlin Career – as demos put together in singer Tracyanne Campbell’s flat.  Revisiting those songs a couple of years later, the band made the decision to decamp from their native Glasgow to Portland, Oregon to work with GRAMMY-nominated producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket), enlisting Neko Case and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James to contribute vocals along the way.” – 4AD

“Camera Obscura's last two albums – 2006's Let's Get Out of This Country and 2009's My Maudlin Career – opened with effervescent pop songs that never quite made them radio stars. Desire Lines begins with a wan orchestral sigh, as though resigning itself to disappointment. Not that the Glaswegian quintet seem concerned about its success: "We might not storm the charts completely," frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell notes wryly in Every Weekday, "but we'll do our very best." It's love that's the culprit: love that makes people approaching middle-age gauche as teenagers; love that wraps up heartbreak in happiness – a contradiction Campbell has long embodied, singing acidic lyrics in a sugary voice golden with optimism. What feels different this time is the elegance and assurance of the music: swooshing and keening in Cri du Coeur, marrying 1950s horns to 1980s jangle in I Missed Your Party, embellished with subtle percussion in This Is Love (Feels Alright). Doing their very best, indeed.” – The Guardian

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Camera Obscura


Desire Lines




Vinyl, LP, Album


UK, Europe & US

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Indie, Rock, Pop


Indie Rock, Pop Rock

Catalog No:

CAD 2907