Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Desire Lines

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Desire Lines

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Camera Obscura (4AD, 2013)


Beauty is worth waiting for, as is joy. The Scottish band Camera Obscura's magnificent album My Maudlin Career was released to critical acclaim in 2009. Since then fans have been pining for news of a follow-up. Their new album Desire Lines immediately assures that the wait has not been in vain.

Camera Obscura, a five-piece indie-pop band, is shaped by romantic sentiment soaked in reverb and layered with a chorus of "oohs." Its often dreamy sound is laced with a forlorn longing through the remarkable voice of its lead singer and lyricist Tracyanne Campbell. An elegantly expressed sadness seemed to be their aesthetic, but on Desire Lines the blue light of that melancholy has gently brightened, and a few brilliant rays of joy have broken through.

The increased tempo of many of these songs makes the joyous inclinations of "This Is Love (Feels Alright)" and "Do It Again" unmistakable. …

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