My Maudlin Career

I would say that Camera Obscura are among my favorite new lady-fronted indie pop bands, except that they’re really not all that new. They’ve been doing their thing since 1996, largely unremarked by popular culture. In fact, they didn’t start to catch on until the mid-2000’s, when musical trends finally fell into line with their particular brand of wistful retro pop. Now everyone is all about evoking a whimsical, bossa-nova tinged fantasy of an early sixties swinging pop scene. Camera Obscura has that bittersweet romantic atmosphere down pat, as they should, since they pioneered it.


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