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Camera Obscura - OUT NOW: Camera Obscura - Desire Lines
Camera Obscura : OUT NOW: Camera Obscura - Desire Lines
4th June 2013

"Another perfect gem in their catalogue… pop music with a real soul to it." - Drowned in Sound (9/10)
"In a league of their own." - Q (4/5)
“Desire Lines taps into a girl group aesthetic… lushly arranged songs about scorned lovers and keeping hope alive.” – Under The Radar (8/10)

"These songs soar, glide and seem effortless in their innocent simplicity." - American Songwriter (4/5)
“Desire Lines is more confident and direct than anything in the band's catalogue… A career best.” - NPR
"One of the finest things these Glaswegians have ever recorded." - Uncut (8/10)
"Assured, confident and cohesive, Camera Obscura have come up trumps." - DIY (8/10)

Nearly four years have passed since Camera Obscura's 4AD debut, the excellent My Maudlin Career.

Now back after a forced hiatus, they are bolder, braver people, and infinitely more ambitious ones too. You hear this right through Desire Lines, an album born of life and experience; a record with something to prove. This time decamping to Portland, Oregon to work with producer Tucker Martine, who has added so much to the music of R.E.M., The Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens previously, they also brought in Neko Case and Jim James from My Morning Jacket to contribute vocals.

The result is a big, gorgeous pop record that sounds like it means it.

Listen to ‘Do It Again’ and ‘Fifth In Line To The Throne’ below.

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Having officially marked their comeback to a packed audience at Barcelona's Primavera a week ago, Camera Obscura start their first UK tour in years tonight in Edinburgh with many shows already sold out. Once the tour is done, they head to North American to play a run of headline shows and to also join She & Him on their summer tour.

4th – The Liquid Room, Edinburgh, UK
5th – Academy 2, Manchester, UK
6th – Heaven, London, UK
7th – Cockpit, Leeds, UK
8th – Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
9th – Rock Ness, Loch Ness, UK
16th – SOhO, Santa Barbara, CA
17th - Amoeba Instore, Los Angeles, CA (6pm)
18th – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
19th – The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
21st – Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
22nd – Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
23rd – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
26th – Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
27th – Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
29th – Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL *
1st – Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI *
3rd – Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Montréal, QC *
4th – Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Toronto, ON *
5th – Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON *
6th – Summerstage, Central Park, New York, NY *
8th - Summerstage, Central Park, New York, NY *
9th – Mann Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA *
10th – Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA *
11th – Wolf Trap Filene Center, Vienna, VA *
12th – Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC
13th – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
14th – Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
27th - Indietracks, Ripley, Derbyshire, UK 

* w/ She & Him