Desire Some New Camera Obscura Dates?

Camera Obscura has plotted out a summer trip through the States, as well as one stop in Toronto. Beginning in New York, the journey will take the Scottish indie pop band to D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, Minneapolis and Ferndale, Mich.

The act is continuing to support its fifth album, Desire Lines. The LP was recorded in Portland with Grammy-nominated producer Tucker Martine, who’s worked with R.E.M., Spoon and My Morning Jacket. Speaking of MMJ, Jim James, as well as Neko Case, contributed vocals to Desire Lines.

AllMusic calls the album “another installment of brilliant pop from the group, with vocalist Tracyanne Campbell’s now trademark mixture of heartbreaking and sharply astute lyrical turns guiding the songs through either romantic longing, dour tragedy, or touches of the band’s more and more familiar dry sense of humor.”

The review adds that Desire Lines features some of Camera Obscura’s “best and most confident work to date.”

Photo: John Davisson
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Indio, Calif.

Camera Obscura is celebrating Record Store Day by releasing a four-track 7-inch April 19 with live audio from the 4AD Session the band recorded last summer in Glasgow.

The act’s 2014 tour schedule begins with a run of European dates, including a hometown gig in Glasgow May 31. The North American excursion launches July 15. Here’s the plan:  

May 25 – Belfast, United Kingdom, The Belfast Empire Music Hall     
May 26 – Dublin, Ireland, Vicar Street     
May 28 – Sheffield, United Kingdom, The Leadmill     
May 29 – London, United Kingdom, The Forum     
May 30 – Birmingham, Ala., Library Theatre     
May 31 – Glasgow, United Kingdom, ABC1     
July 15 – New York, N.Y., Le Poisson Rouge     
July 16 – Brooklyn, N.Y., Music Hall Of Williamsburg     
July 18 – Washington, D.C., 9:30 Club     
July 19 – Philadelphia, Pa., World Cafe Live     
July 20 – Boston, Mass., Paradise Rock Club     
July 22 – Toronto, Ontario, Opera House Concert Venue     
July 23 – Millvale, Pa., Mr. Small’s Theatre     
July 24 – Ferndale, Mich., The Loving Touch    
July 25 – Chicago, Ill., TBA
July 26 – Minneapolis, Minn., First Avenue

Laura Cantrell opens all North American dates. Tickets for the North American tour go on sale Friday, March 21.

For more information click here for the band’s website.