Not many bands keep going through everything, through thick and thin. Camera Obscura have been a group for seventeen years. They’ve made music that rouses the soul, fills the heart, and squeezes on your dancing shoes. But this time, things are different.
In 2001 Camera Obscura released their first album, John Peel favourite ‘Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi’. In 2003 came ‘Underachievers Please Try Harder’. These records were embraced by the indiepop kids, held tight to their anoraked hearts. 2006's ‘Let's Get Out Of This Country’ appeared as the support of 6 Music and music websites were first flowering, as the group toured and toured, their luscious sounds gaining more shape and weight.
In 2009 Camera Obscura signed to 4AD and released the album ‘My Maudlin Career’. Four years later, after a forced hiatus, they are bolder, braver people, and infinitely more ambitious ones too. You hear this right through their new record, an album born of life and experience. ‘Desire Lines’ is a record with something to prove. This is a big, gorgeous pop record that sounds like it means it. It wears its heart on its sleeve, and its music shines with light. Here are guitars that have a heavenly glow, drums that rouse you from your slumbers, vocals that make your blood rush, choruses that beam for miles. Here are beautiful songs about what people go through, in honest terms. ‘Desire Lines’ is an album about appreciating which path you're on, say the band. The way you really want to go, and can go. About the way they are going.
Camera Obscura's fifth album 'Desire Lines' was released in 2013, an addition to what Pichfork describes as "one of the smartest and most loveable discographies in contemporary indie-pop".