Occupying the same territory both physically and musically as Belle & Sebastian means that Camera Obscura have had to go about their business in an imposing shadow. That’s what makes their music such a delicious surprise, like the B & S secret club back in the old days. ‘Anti-Western’ boasts so many treats it could wander into an indie greatest hits without much trouble. Not surprisingly Stuart Murdoch sat in on production so as well as getting a top boy/girl vocal interplay you can sink into the swinging strings that so enrich the sound. Then there are jangling chords which piece the whole thing together perfectly and Tracyanne Campbell’s bittersweet words which could have come from another swooning chanteuse of the same name. Just perfect for those who might have got disenchanted by the pursuit of life. KD
Camera Obscura – Anti-Western
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