Scottish melancholy pop five-piece Camera Obscura released another new single today from their fourthcoming 4AD Records offering Desire Lines. Unlike the jaunty lead single “Do It Again,” this one is a haunting, heartrending waltz with delicate and reverbed-out vocal harmonies a la Neko Case. From Camera Obscura singer Tracyanne Campbell:
Fifth In Line To The Throne” is a song about someone in a seemingly perfect relationship but there is a dark underside to it. We wanted to sound menacing and give folk the creeps. I believe Princess Beatrice is fifth in line by the way.
Folk pop duo She & Him – that’s M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel – are back in action this spring with Volume 3, the project’s third full length (no kidding) that’s due out on Merge Records on May 7. As of last Friday, the album was a wrap, according to M. Ward’s Twitter, and the band is promising “tempo shifts, disco grooves, string arrangements on multiple tracks, and horn flourishes” on the new material. She & Him will support the album with a spring tour that stops at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in July, and it’s equally exciting for the opening act – Scotland indiepop band Camera Obscura, who are due for some new music themselves (their last offering was 2009′s My Maudlin Career). Tickets to the show go on sale Friday, February 15th, at noon. When She & Him was last in Philadelphia back in 2010, they recorded a session for World Cafe with David Dye. Listen back to the interview and performance here (via the WXPN media player).