(The video is just the album cover, so no point in putting it on here.)
It is absolutely triple-A rated ear candy.
I was having dinner at Noodles & Company (which is a pretty good chain) on Michigan Ave. a while ago and I heard over the noise this incredibly sweet pop song, with a girl singer, exactly my kind of thing, but I could not discern enough to track it down in the few seconds I heard out of it. I was downcast by this, figuring it was lost forever into the void. But then I went back there a few weeks later and was elated to hear it again. It was as delightful as I remembered it being. This time I was able to capture a few scraps of lyrics, and I was able to — get this — whistle the melody into my phone, so I wouldn’t forget it. I thought it might have been Camera Obscura, but I wasn’t sure, and my first efforts to identify it did not work out. When I got home I related this all to my son, who is by now well acquainted with my musical obsessions, and who has mad Internet noodling skilz. He quickly found it. So, a happy ending.
(I previously had another song by Camera Obscura on here called French Navy.)
Lyrics below the fold
There are flowers in my house
And I bought them myself
No surprises in the record collection
You must have thought I was someone else
I’m still afraid to get lost
In a city I might explore
But I’m not afraid to have
An eloquent boy at my door
at my door
at my door
at my door
Oh you want to be a writer
You say you’ve never seen America
I really think you’d like it there
Maybe you should travel with me
Is this the best idea
Because you’ve never seen a red wood
and you’ve never touched a deer
Are swans deceiving us all
Oh I for one should know
I never felt myself so graceful
And I never swam so slow
4 thoughts on “Camera Obscura, Swans (2009)”
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The song may or may not be cool, I can’t really hear it under all the compression artifacts.
This live version has much better audio (and video too):
It has the usual live noise/bad micing but at least it’s bearable.
And yeah it’s quite good if a bit “girly” for my taste.
Camera Obscura! Yeah!
At first I thought Swans was the band, and I wondered what on Earth you meant by “ear candy”. Good thing I clicked.
“Hey, Lloyd, I’m ready to be heartbroken
‘Cause I can’t see farther than my own nose at the moment.”
Also, “Suspended from Class“.
There’s some pale, mammothreptical life in that old island yet. Except for that bass player on “Monday”…
Adore camera obscura.
Also agree with ur comments onpr ine and sassoon over at zenpundit, but I can’t post there.
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