Camera Obscura officially marked their return on Wednesday night with an intimate charity fundraiser in their hometown of Glasgow. Warming up for a run of shows at SXSW in Austin in a few weeks time, they also used it as a chance to play some new tracks for the very first time and to announce that a new album was on the way. With nearly four years having passed since their 4AD debut, the excellent My Maudlin Career, it's news that's sure to please many.
The new album was recorded last December when the band decamped to Portland to work with GRAMMY nominated producer Tucker Martine (R.E.M., Spoon, My Morning Jacket) and pleased with the progress they made there, they returned a month later to finish it. Entitled Desire Lines, it's now slated it for release on June 3rd.
Tracyanne Campbell from the band, 'Of all our records this was pretty much the most challenging to write, partly because of the situation we found ourselves in with having to take such a long and uncertain amount of time out, but also because it would be record number five and we were getting harder and harder to please.
Working in the US with southern gentleman Tucker Martine was a positive experience. He brought a certain calmness to recording that wasn't there before. We were also delighted to have Neko Case and Jim James sing on the record too. What a treat.'
Camera Obscura have a busy year of touring ahead of them and to add to a handful of festival dates and a run in North America with She & Him already announced, they are today adding a UK tour around the album's release and more shows in North America. Tickets go on sale for most shows in a week's time.
UK Tour Dates:
4th - Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh, UK
5th - Academy 2, Manchester, UK
6th - Heaven, London, UK
7th - Cockpit, Leeds, UK
8th - Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK
9th - Rock Ness, Loch Ness, UK
Other Tour Dates:
10th - 35 Denton Music Festival, Denton, TX
12th - The Mohawk (Queue Day Party @ SXSW), Austin, TX
13th - Latitude 30 (Showcasing Scotland @ SXSW), Austin, TX
15th - Flamingo Cantina (Under The Radar @ SXSW), Austin, TX
19th - Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY *
25th - Primavera Sound, Barcelona, Spain
16th - SOhO, Santa Barbara, CA
18th - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
19th - The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
21st - Crystal Ballroom, Portland, OR
22nd - Showbox at the Market, Seattle, WA
23rd - Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
26th - Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
27th - Gothic Theatre, Englewood, CO
29th - Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL **
1st - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI **
3rd - Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, Montréal, QC **
4th - Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Toronto, ON **
5th - Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa, ON **
6th - Summerstage, Central Park, New York, NY **
9th - Mann Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia, PA **
10th - Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA **
11th - Wolf Trap Filene Center, Vienna, VA **
12th - Haw River Ballroom, Saxapahaw, NC
13th - Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
14th - Bunbury Music Festival, Cincinnati, OH
* w/ Marissa Nadler ** w/ She & Him