Camera Obscura My Maudlin Career Album Rough Trade Out now
WITH their breakthrough album Let's Get Out Of This Country, Camera Obscura finally managed to shake off the comparisons to fellow Scots Belle and Sebastian. Packed with bittersweet pop gems, it was one of the best records of 2006, and Traceyanne Campball and co are obviously observers of the mantra 'if it aint broke, don't fix it', because this is Let's Get Out... part two. Single French Navy provides an infectious burst of sunshine, but on the whole it's darker than anything else they've released. There are plenty of references to death and tears, but Campball's silky, cutesy voice makes them sound anything but miserable. A confident return with added zest.
Golden Silvers True Romance Album XL April 27
ALREADY a contender for single of the year, True No. 9 Blues (True Romance) lumped great expectations on this London trio's debut album. A whirr of electro blips with a killer chorus, it has a smooth, funky undertone that Gnarls Barkley would kill for. So the rest of the album is disappointing.
Self-consciously eclectic, it's got echoes of Beach Boys and Super Furry Animals, and singer Gwilym Gold sometimes slips into a Mark E Smith style drawl. It makes for an interesting mix but sounds like a dozen fillers thrown around one single.
Peaches Talk To Me/More Single XL April 27
PEACHES in growing up shocker! Gone are the explicit, aggressive lyrics; now the first lady of electro wants her partner to open up and talk to her. But it's not all chocolates and puppy dogs - she's as vocal as ever and has adapted a bit of a Suzy Quatro, curdling rock roar.
Both tracks on this double A-side are as chorus-heavy and slick as ever. Soulwax tackle production duties and their influence is clear - it's calmer but still has her foot-stomping quality. And those pining for the days of cheeky Peaches won't have to wait too long - her album, due soon, is called I Feel Cream.