Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Fashionably Late Top 60 of 2013: #20 – Camera Obscura

When it comes to year-end lists, y'all know I don't mess around. I don't post my picks from the previous year for weeks after the next year has started. In 2013 there was a bounty of music that entered the world that made me deliriously happy to be blessed with the sense of sound. So I have pondered, marinated, and contemplated for weeks. Music from 2013 has been digested for breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and yes, even dessert). And now, friends, it's time. Time to share with you what I consider the cream of one heck of a crop indeed. You might see things omitted here that you think should be on a Best Of list. This list isn't what I think you want to read. This list is what I feel about last year. These are records and songs that really mattered to me for one reason of another. If it's not here, I either didn't spend enough time with it or just didn't love it quite enough. A big, big thank you to all of the artists who created the music on this list, the music that I fell in love with last year.

WHO: Camera Obscura

WHAT: Desire Lines

WHEN: June 2013

WHERE: 4AD

WHY: O, how I love Camera Obscura. The Scots twee-popsters really shine on Desire Lines, showing off their tight compositions and candyfloss girl group pop inclinations. As always with Camera Obscura, the songs are made flesh with winsome, whistful, and at times rueful vocals that can really penetrate to the quick. Be they slower or a little lively, these are wonderfully bittersweet, easily-digestable nuggets that glow with embers of conflicting emotions. If you’ve not yet forayed into Camera Obscura territory, this might be a good time to start.

MY JAMS: “This Is Love (Feels Alright)” “Troublemaker” “New Year’s Resolution” “Do It Again” “Fifth In Line To The Throne” “Desire Lines”







[posted 3.18.14]


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