Camera Obscura, Scotland's premier sad sack pop rockers made their first appearance at Hailey's on Saturday night and treated us to a sublime set of sweetly sentimental songs. Singer/guitarist Tracyanne Campbell never seems comfortable on stage, but her confidence comes through in her voice as she carries a crowded room away with lamenting tales of lost love. Her honey-sweet tones pour over you like so many warm rays of sunshine, you can easily forget that the stories she tells come from such a melancholy, overcast place full of longing. Camera Obscura's songs push me to the edge of tears every time, but maybe that says more about my sad sack sensibilities than Ms. Cambpell's.
Here's their performance of "James" from their 2009 record My Maudlin Career:
And their last song of the night "Razzle Dazzle Rose" from 2006's Let's Get Out of This Country:
Camera Obscura at The Loft in Dallas, June 2009