We can’t really add anything that wasn’t mentioned via the 4AD site earlier today apart from OMGZ how frickin’ exciting? Full details on Camera Obscura’s busy day below.
Camera Obscura have today announced a new single, the forthcoming album release of My Maudlin Career (out on April 20th 2009) and tour dates in both the UK and US. They have also made the title track of the album available to download as of today.
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 4AD and fourth overall. After his successful touches on their last record, they returned to Sweden to work again with producer Jari Haapalainen (Ed Harcourt, Peter, Bjorn & John, The Concretes). His wonderful understanding with the band continues to flourish, again fully realising 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 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…
Mon 16th March – The Lexington, London
Weds 18th March – SXSW, Austin, Texas
Tues 24th March – The Bell House, New York
Thurs 23rd April – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Tickets on sale from 10th Feb at 9am from here)
Sun 26th April – Barrowlands Ballroom, Glasgow (Tickets on sale from 12th Feb at 9am from here).
CAMERA OBSCURA MY MAUDLIN CAREER
RELEASED APRIL 20th 2009
Formats: CD (CAD 2907CD), LP (CAD 2907) & DL (EAD 2907A)
1. French Navy
2. The Sweetest Thing
3. You Told A Lie
4. Away With Murder
7. Careless Love
8. My Maudlin Career
9. Forest And Sands
10. Other Towns And Cities
11. Honey In The Sun