'Desire Lines' was the fifth album by Scottish indie starlets Camera Obscura and was the last to be recorded before the tragic passing of keyboard player Carey Lander. Produced by ace producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket etc.) it's their most immaculate sounding record with high end indie-pop tunes with a level of sophistication that doesn't tarnish their DIY roots. For the uninitiated: if you like Belle and Sebastian, this band are for you.
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Fifth album by Camera Obscura on 4AD, ‘Desire Lines’ sees the Glasgow band sounding more polished and fresh, this is a great pop record with a quite a grown up sound, ‘This Is Love (feels Alright)’ is a lovely slice of Belle And Sebastian indie with a nice clarinet tune and there’s some great keyboard work on ‘New Year’s Resolution’, with the beautiful tones of singer Tracyanne Campbell making this another great Camera Obscura record.
With guest vocals from Neko Case and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James ‘Desire Lines’ is a perfect mix of danceable indie pop and country-esque ballads in the same vein as Trespassers William, The Delgados and Yo La Tengo, the superb guitar twinklings of Kenny Mckeeve and a little splash of horns on ‘I Missed Your Party’ make for a fine record indeed and one that fans will keep coming back to again and again.
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