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CAMERA OBSCURA

::: Irish Tour Dates 2007:::

Friday 04 May - McGarrigles , Sligo

Saturday 05 May - Roisin Dubh, Galway

Sunday 06 May - The Village, Dublin

Monday 07 May - Cypress Avenue, Cork

Tuesday 08 May - Belfast, Cathedral Arts

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Glasgow's Camera Obscura's 3rd album "Let's Get Out Of This Country" is a master class in intelligent, melodic 'retro-modern pop'. Just 20 seconds into the first track (and first single) "Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken" and you will know this is a great band truly hitting their stride! Producer Jari Happalainen (The Concretes, Ed Harcourt) has shaped a cohesive collection of classic songs which are, at turns upbeat "If Looks Could Kill", downbeat "Country Mile", hooky "I Need All The Friends I Can Get" and epic "Razzle Dazzle Rose".

Lead singer/songwriter Tracyanne Campbell is on top form, ably assisted by Carey Lander (piano, organ and vocals), Kenny McKeeve (guitar, vocals vocals); Gavin Dunbar (bass), Lee Thomson (drums) and Nigel Baillie (trumpet & percussion). Tracyanne's musical influences include the songs of Jimmy Webb, Hatch and Trent, The Supremes, Lloyd Cole, Connie Francis, Sandy Posey, Skeeter Davies and David Lynch film soundtracks, among many others.


 
 
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A Brief History of Camera Obscura

Tracyanne Campbell: guitar, vocals and songwriting
Gavin Dunbar: bass
Kenny McKeeve: guitar
Lee Thomson: drums
Carey Lander: keyboards
Nigel Baillie: trumpet

1996
The band forms in Glasgow (Scotland) in 1996, when Tracyanne, John and Gavin started to meet at Gavin’s parents’ cellar to write songs and rehearse. At first, David Skirving helped them with the guitars.

1998
In March, the Scottish label Andmoresound releases the band’s debut single, “Park ride”. This single appears only on vinyl and is quickly sold out. At the end of the year comes “Your sound”, the band’s second single, this time on vinyl and CD, again released by Andmoresound. On these two first singles the drums are played by Richard Colburn (BELLE AND SEBASTIAN); both of them are compiled on the CD mini-album “Rare UK Bird”, released by the Japanese label Quattro. During this time the band plays live gigs at several clubs in their city, playing along with SNOW PATROL at the Maryhill Community Central Halls.

David Skirving leaves the band to form a new one of his own, CALIFORNIA SNOW STORY. Kenny —band guitarist up to now— and Lindsay —on keyboards— become part of the band On March 3rd they play Hyndland Church Hall, along with ASTRID and Stevie Jackson. The same year they also share the bill with AC ACOUSTICS in Glasgow.

2000
Lee joins the band to replace Richard Colburn on drums, a duty he still holds in CAMERA OBSCURA. They record their debut album at Glasgow’s Cava Studios, with Geoff Allan as sound engineer. Geoff has also worked with other acclaimed Scottish bands, such as MOGWAI, TEENAGE FANCLUB, THE DELGADOS, ARAB STRAP and BELLE AND SEBASTIAN.

2001
On June 25th, the “Eighties fan” single is released, a perfectly introduction to the band’s sound: a sweet female voice, close in tone and warmth to the first recordings by Tracey Thorn (EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRL), Astrud Gilberto or Harriet Wheeler (THE SUNDAYS), with a personality as strong as those of Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra or Bobbie Gentry; acoustic guitars and relaxed backgrounds; wonderful string arrangements; and simply unforgettable melodies. This single featured their famous Glaswegian neighbour Stuart Murdoch, leader of the essential BELLE AND SEBASTIAN. It was chosen as Single of the Week by English magazine “Record Collector”, and both John Peel and Steve Lamacq (BBC) played it over and over again.

They premiere the single live at the Westport bar in Dundee, the Hyndland Church in Glasgow and The Spitz in London, along with TOMPAULIN in the latter occasion. On August 14th they record their first Peel Session in BBC’s Radio 1. They play “Anti Western” and “Sun on his back”, as well as two new songs: “Number one son” and “Before you cry”, which would be later on re-recorded for their second album.

Soon after that, CAMERA OBSCURA’s debut album, “Biggest bluest Hi-Fi”, is released on November 12th by Andmoresound. This album is an exquisite collection of acoustic pop songs, simple but moving. Stuart Murdoch collaborates with them once again; apart from producing “Eighties fan”, they entrust him the subtle but majestic orchestral arrangements that appear from time to time. Stuart is also the director of the excellent video clip for “Eighties fan”.

The album is very well received by the media, getting to be Album of the Week on XFM radio station and the famous Rough Trade shop. “Biggest bluest Hi-Fi” turns into one of the all-time best selling albums on Prime distribution. They play along with HER SPACE HOLIDAY on November 15th in Brighton. On December 20th they are invited to play at John Peel’s Christmas party, the “Christmas Carol Special”, along with MELYS, LIANNE HALL and GORKY’S ZYGOTIC MYNCI.

“Eighties fan” climbs up to the 8th position on John Peel’s Festive Fifty list. The Quattro label also releases their first album in Japan, as does Gifted Records in Australia; in Spain, Elefant Records is the label that releases the fantastic debut album by CAMERA OBSCURA. The Elefant edition has two excellent bonus tracks (“Shine like a new pin” and “Let’s go bowling”), which had originally appeared as B-sides on the CD-Single “Eighties fan”, rounding up this marvellous CAMERA OBSCURA introduction to the Spanish audiences.

Lindsay leaves the band and is replaced by Carey (present keyboard player in the band).

2002
They record a session for Radio Scotland’s Air radio program on January 10th.

On March 7th they play another John Peel session, featuring five songs.

They play at the “Pow to the people” festival in London, along with BUTTERFLIES OF LOVE and CANE 141.

On May 17th 2002 they play their first gig in Spain, at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival along with bands such as PULP, TINDERSTICKS, SPIRITUALIZED, APHEX TWIN, NOSOTRÄSH, BIS, LE TIGRE... They appear in magazines as Rockdelux, Mondosonoro, Neo2, Alter Ego... and are interviewed on air by Catalunya Cultura, COM Ràdio, Disco Grande (Radio 3)... The “Eighties fan” videoclip is very well received in many music shows on MTV, Sol Música, 40 TV, TV3, Telecinco, Antena3, Telemadrid, LaOtra, etc...
Radio 3’s Disco Grande chooses “Anti-Western” as their International Song of the Month in April.

Cadena 40’s “Viaje a los Sueños Polares” radio show chooses “Eighties fan” as the Best International Single of 2001 and “Biggest bluest Hi-Fi” as the second Best International Album of 2001. On September 28th CAMERA OBSCURA play the tenth anniversary party of the excellent American fanzine Chickfactor, at the “Black and White Ball” festival, in London Bush Halls, along with FUTURE BIBLE HEROES, PIPAS, THE MONTGOLFIER BROTHERS and WOULD-BE-GOODS.

In November they come back to Spain, to tour the most important clubs and winter festivals in the country. They play at the Tanned Tin Festival in Santander, Pamplona University’s “Ciclo de Sonido Emergente”, Cadiz University, Madrid’s El Sol, Sta. Pola’s Camelot, Valencia’s Roxy, Madrid’s FNAC. More than 5.000 fans saw CAMERA OBSCURA during their Spanish gigs; Tracyanne Campbell’s lovely voice and their liking for acoustic and sweet pop charmed the audiences since the first time. It was a success backed up to a certain extent by the excellent feedback that got their debut album "Biggest bluest Hi-Fi" in Spain. During their Spanish gigs, the band was interviewed by radio shows, appeared in the press and specialized magazines, and did radio sessions —Radio 3, Telemadrid Radio, 40 Principales...—. They also played live on Radio 3/TVE2’s show (11-11-02) and Telemadrid’s LaOtra Unplugged (11-12-02).

They start the recording of their second album, again at Glasgow’s Cava Studios. Once again, they work with the renowned Geoff Allan as engineer and co-producer, along with the band. The album is recorded on different sessions between April and December.

2003
On February 14th they play with THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR at the Hyndland Church Hall in Glasgow. Also in February, Frank Arkwright masters “Underachievers please try harder” at London’s Town House Studios; Frank has worked in the past with BELLE AND SEBASTIAN, JOHNNY MARR AND THE HEALERS, GOMEZ or ARAB STRAP.

On July 25th, “Teenager” is released as their second album’s advanced single, featuring “Teenager” as the main track plus two other previously unreleased and exclusive songs: "I don’t want to see you", recorded during the same album sessions, and "Footloose and fancy free", an intimate pop piece recorded in April in Kenny’s room. During the month of July, the videoclip for “Teenager” is shot in Glasgow. Luis Calvo —Elefant design— does the single’s summery cover. Radio 3’s Disco Grande chooses “Teenager” as their International Song of the Month in June.

In August, the band comes back to Spain to premiere the new album at the Benicassim Festival (featuring BLUR, BECK, MOBY, SUEDE...), where their fans can purchase the first copies of "Underachievers please try harder", a delicious handbook which summarizes the best pop keys, proudly released by Elefant worldwide from now on.

On August 25th this second album is finally released. This LP collects the virtues of their successful first album and announces a new stage full of big achievements and unforgettable moments. With hard work and good taste, CAMERA OBSCURA have reached an enviable worship state which takes them closer to massive success everyday. CAMERA OBSCURA’s songs grip the listener with each new hearing: they’re the perfect example of classic pop with that “something special” that is so hard to define: is it Tracyanne’s voice? Is it the varied and always delicious influences - from 50s girlbands to 60s soft pop or country-pop? Is it just that songs like “Teenager” are simply, absolutely perfect? CAMERA OBSCURA know how to touch people deeply with sweet melodies, subtle arrangements and bittersweet lyrics. A marvellous proof of maturity, wisdom and elaborate pop jewels. Cover design is by Divine INC. The album pics are signed by Stuart Murdoch. A limited edition on vinyl is also released.

In September they come back to Spain, to play at the Lemon Pop Festival in Murcia and also at the premiere parties of Elefant’s “Modapop” compilation, at the Clamores Club in Madrid and the Mond Club in Barcelona, where they share the stage with fellow Elefant acts NIZA, LA CASA AZUL, LES TRÈS BIEN ENSEMBLE and ENTRE RÍOS. Halfway through September they begin the premiere tour in England, and record a new John Peel session. “Suspended from class” is chosen as one of the Best International Songs from 2003, according to the staff at Rockdelux magazine.

2004
In January, Merge Records (LAMBCHOP, THE CLIENTELE, THE MAGNETIC FIELDS) releases “Underachievers please try harder” in the United States, and the record climbs up to the highest positions in the independent charts on the second week after its release. That summer, the band will tour the States extensively.

In March they travel back to Spain, where they take part on the second edition of the Soft Pop Tour, along with TREMBLING BLUE STARS, THE CLIENTELE and LA CASA AZUL.

In May, Elefant releases “Keep it clean”, second single taken from their second album. This Cd-Single features “Keep it clean” as the main title, plus two exclusive, previously unreleased tracks: “San Francisco song” and “Amigo mío”, the latter being their first song in Spanish, written and sung by Kenny McKeeve, the band’s guitarist. An additional track is included, featuring the videoclip for the song “Teenager”, directed by Blair Young, a name we find in many videoclips by FRANZ FERDINAND, BELLE & SEBASTIAN, SONS & DAUGHTERS or MY LATEST NOVEL, and who also took part in the making of “Eighties fan”, the first videoclip by CAMERA OBSCURA.

The record walks a triumphant path all over the world, and it’s licensed to many different countries: Konkurrent is releasing it in Belgium, Holland and Luxembourg, whereas Pop Frenzy does the same in Australia, adding as bonus tracks the songs “SF song” and “Amigo mío” (both B-sides to “Keep it clean”), plus the videoclip for “Teenager”. In Asia, a territory that has always shown a big interest in the band, Ales Music releases the album in South Corea (featuring the same bonus tracks as the American release on Merge); Avant Garden Records does the same in Taiwan, but with a different artwork; and Imperial Records releases it in Japan, adding as bonus tracks the four B-sides on both singles, “Teenager” and “Keep it clean”.

At the end of the year they included and acoustic song on the “Sunsets and Silhouettes” compilation, released on Planting Seeds Records, where they share the line-up with FREEHEAT and SISTER VANILLA, the new bands fronted by the Reid brothers (ex JESUS AND MARY CHAIN).

2005
In March, CAMERA OBSCURA do a lightning visit to Spain in order to promote “I love my Jean”, a new single featuring three previously unreleased songs. Two of them are based on the poems by Scottish national poet Robert Burns, who lived in the XVIII century and is since then a myth in Scottish culture. Tracyanne puts his poems into pop music, and the outcome could perfectly be a song of her own. They premiere the single at the Southpop Festival, in Seville, where they share the bill with such artists as LALI PUNA and THE MONTGOLFIER BROTHERS. This show is as well one of the first ones they play without founder member John Henderson, who had just left the band.

A new videoclip is shot of the song “I love my Jean”, the title track on the new single, which is once again directed by Blair Young. On the British Independent Lists issued on March 27th, “I love my Jean” is featured on number 28th after its first week out, sharing space with such artists as MERCURY REV, BRIGHT EYES o DIZZEE RASCAL.

On March 25th they record an acoustic version of “I love my Jean” for the Fred Macaulay show on BBC Scotland, and on the 28th they record three other songs for the “Air” show, on the same station. In April, the band goes out on a short tour of Sweden, promoting the songs on their latest single.

In September, the band enters the studio in Stockholm in order to record the follow-up to the successful “Underachievers please try harder”.
At the same time, the band have just renewed their website, a full refurbishing of it that has proved to be a great job: by clicking on www.camera-obscura.net you can get to know them better (their recommended links, Nigel’s recipes, Kenny’s Q&A’s...), you can find pictures from their tours, participate in their forum, and even read their own blog (which you can also enter directly by clicking on http://cameraobscura-.blogspot.com), where they will surely write the day-to-day story of their recording of this third album, due to be released on Elefant Records in 2006.

This is the first time the band works under the supervision of a producer, apart from the collaboration with Stuart Murdoch on the “Eighties fan” single: the chosen man this time has been Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen, whose CV includes previous work with Ed Harcourt and, especially, with Swedish band THE CONCRETES (with whom he also works as a satellite musician; in fact, Haapalainen keeps a side-project, named HEIKKI, along with Maria Eriksson from THE CONCRETES).

2006
"Suspended from class" is included in the original soundtrack of "Imagine me & you", a refreshingly unconventional and witty comedy presented by Ealing Studios and BBC Films. The movie, starred by actress Piper Perabo in a lively departure as a quintessentially modern British woman, is about love's myriad forms and constant surprises: on her wedding day, the bride discovers love at first sight ...and falls in love with the wedding's florist. Perabo's male counterpart is played by Matthew Goode, well known in Spain for having played Gerald Brennan in cult movie "South", directed by Fernando Colomo, but much better known internationally for his part in "Match Point", the latest movie by Woody Allen, along with Scarlet Johansson and Jonathan Rhys-Meyers.

CAMERA OBSCURA being a part of this movie is even more interesting to us if we note the background of the movie's Music Supervisor: Liz Gallacher won a Brit Award for her job in "The Full Monty", and was shortlisted for Film Music in 2003's NME Awards for her job in "24 Hour Party People", as well as having worked with such directors as Atom Egoyan, Michael Winterbottom or Istvan Szabo.
The movie's good taste in music (noticeable from its very title, which takes the first line from "Happy together", the beautiful song by THE TURTLES which was also used by Wong Kar-Wai), is confirmed with the recent news that its director and writer (Ol Parker, who has also written a forthcoming movie script for Jonathan Demme) has just written the script for "Crosstown Traffic", the forthcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic.

In March, the band visits the USA for three live shows. The most important being undoubtedly their slot at the South By Southwest (SXSW) media and industry meeting in Austin, Texas. But they also play NYC's Knitting Factory, as well as Chapel Hill, North Carolina; the city where their American label Merge Records is based. On both these shows they're supported by Maria Taylor.

In May comes out "Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken", first single taken from the band's new album. "Let's get out of this country" -title of this third album- was recorded and mixed in several studios in Sweden (studios that have been previously used for recordings by THE MAGIC NUMBERS, Neneh Cherry or even Per Gessle from ROXETTE), and produced by Jari Haapalainen, producer behind such gems as THE CONCRETES or Ed Harcourt. The string arrangements are provided by Bjorn Yttling, from infamous trio Peter, Bjorn & John. On this album, which comes out in June, CAMERA OBSCURA teach us all a lesson on classic, timeless pop with drops of country and soul here and there, featuring ten instant classics where Tracyanne Campbell's beautiful voice is wrapped in majestic and exquisitely arranged string arrangements (for which they had string musicians that have been in recent tours with Brian Wilson or Arthur Lee & LOVE).

This single's video was directed by Domingo González, the director behind the videos by Elefant Records' act LA CASA AZUL, as well as director of the celebrated short film "Las Superamigas contra el Profesor Vinilo" (you can know more about it on its website www.lassuperamigas.com). For this new video of CAMERA OBSCURA, Domingo González paid a tribute to the choreographies we can find in the best classic cinema, and he joined it with a constant bombing of retrofuturistic pop images: from the neons in Shibuya to the fabrics, dresses and furniture that reflect the glossy universe that all pop music lovers dream about, the same universe we endorse at Elefant Records.

By mid-year, in less than six months online, CAMERA OBSCURA's page on Myspace.com got over 90.000 visits to the site, and more than 350.000 plays of the songs they uploaded on the website. Special mention here to their single "Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken", which in a few weeks got more than 145.000 plays.
Prove of this success among the internet crowd is that CAMERA OBSCURA were selected in June to appear as the recommended artist in the Myspace.com homepage (a big honour, if we consider there's a few million artists pages on Myspace).

In May and June, the band embarks on a successful UK tour, and during the whole month of July they tour the USA and Canada, coast to coast, on a 22-date tour which starts in Toronto on the 4th of July and ends in Cincinatti on July 30th.

English music mag Q Magazine reaches in their August issue the mag's 20th anniversary, and as part of its ongoing celebrations they release a cover-mount CD compilation paying homage to the decade the magazine was launched: the 80's. The CD, which comes out on sale with the magazine on June 30th, features fifteen cover versions of classic eighties tracks by some of the most interesting current artists: PLACEBO covering Kate Bush, THE FUTUREHEADS tackling David Bowie, Katie Melua taking on THE CURE, ORSON covering HALL&OATES... Among all these names, and showing the place of privilege the band is achieving on top of the international pop community, CAMERA OBSCURA included their own, newly recorded cover version of Sheena Easton's "Modern girl".

In September the band releases "Let's get out of this country", the second single taken from the album of the same title. It also comes with an excellent videoclip. A precious melody dressed with violins and melancholy, where Blair Young (on his best work yet - and that's a lot to say when we're talking about the director of all the videos by CAMERA OBSCURA, plus many other Scottish acts like TEENAGE FANCLUB, SONS AND DAUGHTERS or BELLE AND SEBASTIAN) shows the band lazily going through their repertoire in a living room rehearsal, matching perfectly the feelings of boredom and need to escape from routine that we find in the song's lyrics. An evocative video with a deliciously mellow atmosphere, giving even more charm and emotional impact to an already outstanding song.

On September 16th the band played the eleventh edition of the Lemon Pop Festival in Murcia, where they shared the stage with THE REZILLOS, TENDER FOREVER, SCARLET'S WELL or THE FRANK AND WALTERS. The show was aired live nationwide in Spain through RNE-Radio 3.

It's clear: the music by CAMERA OBSCURA is perfect to go along with the footage of the best TV series. In the fourth chapter of the third season of "Grey's Anatomy", the two first minutes of the opening credits are soundtracked by CAMERA OBSCURA's song "If looks could kill".

At the end of the fifth episode in the new NBC series "Friday Night Lights" you can hear another song by CAMERA OBSCURA: "Let's get out of this country", almost the whole track!
And also "Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken" has its television minutes in the opening sequence in one of the chapters of Channel 4's "Hollyoaks": a soap opera for younger people, with more than twelve years in Britain and a weekly average of three-million viewers.

Since "Let's get out of this country" came out, the band has been touring the world and playing its songs live: concerts all over Britain, North America from coast to coast, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands... And finally Spain, with fourteen packed venues between November 16th and December 16th.
In Madrid they sold all the tickets for their show at El Sol days before the actual dates. The show in Barcelona was a part of the eighth edition of a benefit festival, "Los Reyes son Rockeros" (The three Wise Men are rockers), where the entrance ticket must be a new toy for poor children.

On this very succesful year, indie pop label from Singapore Fruit Records organized a party to celebrate the domestic release of "Let's get out of this country" at club BarbaaBlackChic, a two-storey building at the Little India district in Singapore.

One of the latest countries to join the international fever for the band from Glasgow was Mexico: on December 4th "Let's get out of this country" was released through the Noiselab label (in their roster we can also find THE ARCADE FIRE, BRAKES, BLOC PARTY, CANSEI DE SER SEXY, CAT POWER, MORRISSEY, THE LIBERTINES or VERACRUZ).

Thanks to this domestic edition in Mexico, CAMERA OBSCURA take advantage of their second American tour -starting at the end of January 2007- to play their first show in Mexico: february 10th at Poliforum Siqueiros in Ciudad de México.To give a perfect end to this magnificent year, the video of "Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken" appeared on the list of the best videos of the year for the TV show "Subterranean" on MTV2.

2007
"If looks could kill" is the third single taken from "Let's get out of this country". It comes out on January 29 (UK) February 9 (Ireland), to coincide with their second US tour promoting the album.
Along with the title track, the CD-single format includes two previously unreleased tracks: "Hands up baby" (a duet between Kenny McKeeve and Tracyanne Campbell, recorded during the album sessions in Sweden) and the new song "Alaska", recorded on the last weekend of October 2006 by Paul Savage (THE DELGADOS) at the Chem 19 studios in Glasgow (also used by Vashti Bunyan, TRASH CAN SINATRAS, Scout Niblett or TEENAGE FANCLUB). As usual, the 7" vinyl is a limited edition and includes an exclusive, previously unreleased B-side: a version of Phil Spector and the PARIS SISTERS classic tune, "I love how you love me".

The new single is released at the same time the band travels again to the USA for a second tour promoting the album, starting January 18th until February 18th. After this, the six-piece will travel to Australia for seven dates in the Antipodes, and from there they will follow through to Asian territories.Their coming back to Europe is due for the spring of 2007, with a new British / Irish tour in March and more shows in Spain in April.

During the summer of 2006 CAMERA OBSCURA had already toured the States, playing the songs from "Let's get out of this country". During those shows they travelled with Blair Young, who we can consider as CAMERA OBSCURA's visual biographer (he's filmed most of their videos, as well as others by TEENAGE FANCLUB, SONS AND DAUGHTERS or BELLE AND SEBASTIAN). Taking advantage of a colourful month travelling through the American states, Young filmed a frantic videoclip of the song "If looks could kill".

In the first weeks of 2007 we start receiving the Best-of-year lists, where the third album by CAMERA OBSCURA is well ranked. In other musicians choices, too: in Mojo magazine Richard Hawley chose "Let's get out of this country" as one of the best records from 2006. On The Independent we can read Brett Anderson (SUEDE, THE TEARS) saying that this is his favourite record this year, and that it reminds him of the bes moments by THE CONCRETES.

On The Daily Telegraph, the song "Let's get out of this country" is one of the five best singles of the year (along with worldwide megahits like "Crazy" by GNARLS BARKLEY or "Hips don't lie" by Shakira), and on the same newspaper we can read Stuart Murdoch (BELLE AND SEBASTIAN) saying this is "the best contemporary album I've heard in a long time".

At the same time, "Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken" appears on Q magazine's list with "100 Great undiscovered songs".

In Spain, "Let's get out of this country" can be found high up on the lists of the main specialized magazines (Rockdelux, Go Mag), and the radio show "Disco Grande" (Radio 3) chose it as best record of the year. On that same show, "Lloyd, I'm ready to be heartbroken" is the second best song of the year.

Notes On The Songs By Tracyanne Campbell

Lloyd I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken - I still can't believe there are 6 choruses in this song!

Tears For Affairs - I was betrayed for the first time by someone who was supposed to not betray me. This is the song I ended up writing. I'd love for it to make it onto the soundtrack for a David Lynch film. It's got a kind of sleazy feel to it I think, at least I hope so.

Come Back Margaret - My grandmother died a few years ago and I dream about her a lot. As a kid I she used to let me play DJ with her 45's. She had a lot of female singers from the 50's that I particularly liked, like Connie Francis and Lesley Gore. I wanted to commemorate that time with this song.

Dory Previn - Apart from the concerts, my favourite memory of our tour of the USA and Canada was of being in the van during a thunderstorm in Montana with Dory Previn playing on the tape player. It was emotional somehow; I think everyone felt something, even the men folk. I wrote the song with that memory in mind. I wanted it to sound like a song Tammy Wynette or Skeeter Davies could sing.

The False Contender - A romantic waltz with lyrics about the disappointment of love. Oh the irony!

Let's Get Out Of This Country - Inspired by the music in the film Whatever Happened To Baby Jane: an optimistic song actually.

Country Mile - I wrote this on the way back from my first trip to Sweden. I sung the Melody into my mobile phone while everyone in the car put their hands over their ears.

If Looks Could Kill - Our producer Jari said this song was like “retarded Motown”. He meant it in a good way and I happen to agree with him actually.

I Need All The Friends I Can Get - I wanted this to have an open choir sort of feel to it. Very loose and fun to play and listen to. When we came to do the singing overdubs we invited a load of Swedish folk from bands to our balloon-filled studio, plied them with wine and let them sing their little hearts out. We pretended we were in the Top Of The Pops studio. It was great!

Razzle Dazzle Rose - This song excites me! It's Camera Obscura being dramatic and optimistic. My god did I just write that and mean it!?

 
 
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