Artist of the Week: Camera Obscura

Camera ObscuraWERS is featuring Scottish Indie-Pop group Camera Obscura as our Artist of the Week!

Originally conceived as a trio in 1996, Camera Obscura eventually swelled into a six-member group by the time they released their debut album, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi, in 2001. The album helped them make a big splash in the Indie-Music scene thanks in part to a massive endorsement from British DJ John Peel, who deemed Camera Obscura one of the most promising bands of the year. A little production work from Stuart Murdoch of Belle and Sebastian didn’t hurt either. They found continued success after introducing a seventh member into their band the following year and releasing their second album, Underacheivers Please Try Harder, in 2003. A few years later, following founding member John Henderson’s exit from the band, Camera Obscura began branching beyond comparisons to Belle and Sebastian with the release of 2006′s Let’s Get Out of This Country, which featured the infectious lead single, “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken.”

In 2009 Camera Obscura joined the 4AD label (The National, Iron and Wine) for their fourth album My Maudlin Career. They just released their follow-up, Desire Lines, early last month after two years of illness had delayed the recording process. The new album features production from Tucker Martine (R.E.M., The Decemberists), guest contributions from Neko Case and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, and an attempt to create a free sound unrestricted by flashy audio effects like reverb. Cambera Obscura are currently on tour with She & Him to promote Desire Lines, and will play with them at the Bank of America Pavillion in Boston this Wednesday, June 10th, but not before stopping by the station for an exclusive live session at 11:15am that same day only on 88.9 WERS!

By Bond Collard

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