Release Date: Jun 6, 2006
Record label: Merge
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
If this review could be one word long, that word would be "enchanting." Camera Obscura has always been lovely but they've made the jump to truly enchanting with their third album, Let's Get Out of This Country. Stepping fully out of the shadow of their onetime patrons Belle & Sebastian, the group has composed and performed an album that is comparable to B&S' best and ranks with the best indie pop albums ever. More importantly, they've released an album that pierces straight through the heart.
It's not hard to see why Camera Obscura picked Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken to be the opening track on their album, and the single that heralds its arrival. A blissful, sunshine-strewn, lemonade-slugging pop song, it's impossible to hear it without instantly feeling jolly. She may be describing the collapse of a relationship, but when Traceyanne Campbell sings "I can't see further than my own nose at this moment", she makes jealousy and solipsism sound like huge fun.
On this third-full length from Scotland's Camera Obscura, orchestral sweeps envelope wispy indie melodies, and singer Tracyanne Campbell's dulcet voice soars effortlessly over a summery guitar haze. There's a plaintive sigh in the pedal steel, a wistful longing in the shuffling rhythms. The mood is balanced at that perfect smiling-through-tears fulcrum of joy and sorrow, and production, by the Concretes' Jari Haalpaleinan encases these sweet tones in soaring vaults of sonic space.