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July 15, 2011  | by: Stepfanie Aguilar

Camera Obscura playing in New York City

Camera Obscura has been around for over a decade as an indie pop band started by Tracyanne Campbell, John Henderson, and Gavin Dunbar. Their music reminds me of the oldies but more pop-like. Tracyanne, the lead singer, has a cool, silky voice that matches well with the band’s sound. Whenever I listen to their songs, I visualize sunny weather, an uncrowded beach, and a pacified ocean. Basically, it’s pretty relaxing.

It’s not like how jazz relaxes a listener though. No. It’s like the style of Buddy Holly’s “Earth Angel.”  My favorite song is their single “French Navy,” which introduced me to the band in 2009. It’s a fun song where you can just lightly shake your hips or bob your head when the chorus comes up. Check out the music video for this song:

I thought Camera Obscura was a new band, but they had been around since 1996. They’re from Glasgow, Scotland and have toured in some parts the world including Britain, Ireland, Australia, and the United States. However, it seems that they didn’t receive much monetary support that other artists get when they tour abroad, according to this interview with Pitchfork back in 2006. They haven’t gained much recognition either compared to other indie artists, although their “French Navy” video did reach over 1 million views, but the band is worthy of your playlist.

Anyone know what they’re up to lately? It has been at least two years since their last tour.

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