My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura

My Maudlin Career was the fourth (and to date penultimate) album by Scottish pop people Camera Obscura originally released in 2009.  Their cinematic Northern Soul-influenced indie-pop has only gained traction in the intervening years and following the tragic death of founding member Carey Lander, the band have tentatively started to play shows again. What better time then for a re-issue.  

Vinyl LP £15.75 CAD2907

Repress LP on 4AD.

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CD £7.99 CAD2907CD

CD on 4AD.

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My Maudlin Career by Camera Obscura
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8/10 Brian 15 April 2009
Scots. They know how to spin a heartbursting pop ditty don't they? One such band is Camera Obscura, always skulking in the shadow of fellow country(wo)men Belle & Sebastian - they've now been gobbled up by the zeitgeist smashing 4AD and have borne a new bouncing baby named 'My Maudlin Career'. The thing is with this band is that whilst their songs spill with the essence of heartbreak, the songs have this swing & zest that suggests the sweetest Northern Soul, Phil Spector's famous wall of sound and the yummiest quality Scando indie pop, all rolled into this charming bundle of warmly executed, hazy guitar pop. I'm especially fond of Tracyanne Campbell's casual, honey'd burr, have been a little obsessed with it since the glorious 'Teenager'. This album was initially underwhelming for me but the songs reveal themselves to be as rich & effortlessly cool as anything that's come before by the second listen. I think they just naturally write understated hits off the cuff, like making a cup of tea. If yr a fan, there's every reason to fall in love with this latest collection of country flecked laments, if you like The Pipettes or even the Welsh "bombshell" Duffy and are still not familiar with this enigmatic, lovelorn bunch I suggest you, like, get on the fucking bus. CD/LP on 4AD.



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