Camera Obscura, ‘My Maudlin Career’ (4AD)
On their fourth album, this Scottish indie-pop band’s fondness for woeful heartache and Phil Spector–esque production reaches a poignant peak. Even over the cheery layers of strings, guitar, and tambourine on “French Navy,” Tracyanne Campbell sings about romance gone wrong. On the plaintive title track, she tries to declare the end of her sad-sack songwriting days, but the resolution doesn’t last long. By the time the horn-driven “Honey in the Sun” closes the record, she’s found a new love and wishes her heart would go cold so she wouldn’t miss him when they’re apart.