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Camera Obscura’s ‘Desire Lines’ Draws Close, Guests Neko Case and Jim James

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Camera Obscura are ready to be heartbroken again. On June 4, the Glasgow dreamers will release their fifth full-length, Desire Lines, via 4AD (it’ll debut in the U.K. and Europe on June 3). According to a press release, the follow-up to 2009’s My Maudlin Career will feature guest vocals from Neko Case and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James, who is also collaborating with the Roots’ Black Thought on his solo debut. Camera Obscura recorded the upcoming effort in Portland last December with producer Tucker Martine (previous credits include Spoon, R.E.M., the Decemberists, and more). 

Frontwoman Tracyanne Campbell said in a statement that the long gap between albums made the sessions for Desire Lines more difficult. “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,” she said. Campbell added, “Working in the U.S. with southern gentleman Tucker Martine was a positive experience. He brought a certain calmness to recording that wasn’t there before.” Given the Scots’ steady track record, we’re sure the forthcoming album will shine like a new pin.

Camera Obscura also announced a lengthy tour that includes several festival stops, as well as dates across North America and Europe. The twee-poppers have scheduled a single gig with Marissa Nadler and a handful of shows alongside She & Him. Scroll down for tour information.

Camera Obscura 2013 tour dates:

March 10 – Denton, TX @ 35 Denton Music Festival
March 12 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk (Queue Day Party @ SXSW)
March 13 – Austin, TX @ Latitude 30 (Showcasing Scotland @ SXSW)
March 15 – Austin, TX @ Flamingo Cantina (Under The Radar @ SXSW)
March 19 – New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge *
March 25 – Barcelona, Spain @  Parc Del Fòrum (Primavera Sound) 
June 4 – Edinburgh, Scotland @ Liquid Rooms
June 5 – Manchester, England @ Academy 2
June 6 – London, England @ Heaven
June 7 – Leeds, England @ Cockpit
June 8 – Newcastle, England @ Northumbria University
June 9 – Loch Ness, Scotland @ Rock Ness
June 16 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo
June 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
June 19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
June 21 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom 
June 22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox at the Market
June 23 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
June 26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
June 27 – Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
June 29 – Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom %
July 1 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium %
July 3 – Montreal, Quebec @ Festival International de Jazz de Montreal 
July 4 – Toronto, Ontario  @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival 
July 5 – Ottawa, Ontario @ Ottawa Bluesfest %
July 6 – New York, NY @ Central Park (Summerstage) %
July 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for Performing Arts % 
July 10 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavillion %
July 11 – Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Filene Center %
July 12 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom 
July 13 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
July 14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival

* with Marissa Nadler
% with She & Him