Formed in 1996, Camera Obscura have gone through a number of personnel changes with only singer Tracyanne Campbell and bassist Gavin Dunbar surviving their 13 years and four albums. The Glaswegians released their debut album Biggest Blue Hi-Fi - produced by Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch and heartedly supported by John Peel - in 2001. Underachievers Please Try Harder followed in 2003 before the band's third album Let's Get Out Of This Country saw them sign to Merge in the US in 2006. Containing one of the undoubted songs of the year in Llyod - I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken - album number three put the band firmly on the indie map while number four, 2009's 4AD-released My Maudlin Career firmly established that position.
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The sound of Camera Obscura on this their fourth album is of freewheeling fun. It reminds the listener immediately of the summer and throwing water bombs, of trying to get the girl, of being broke and being OK with that, of simpler times perhaps. My Maudlin...