Saturday, June 16, 2012
listen). It's just beautiful. Then I noticed the name of the first song, "Suspended From Class" (rhymes with "don't know my elbow from my ass"), a warm ushering equally candy confection—since when did a cornet ever get so effective?—and I guess that's where I started catching on to the game. There's some country and Leonard Cohen and Brazilian pop gestures in here too, but it's arguable that approximately everything proceeds out of the primal singularity of "Jesus" by the Velvet Underground—do they really mean it or don't they? are they really callow or aren't they? This is tricky, heady territory, the plaintive tone of sincerity unto the death, and they don't always pull it off, but the songs are usually interesting at least. After some poking around on the Internet, I see that Camera Obscura is connected to Belle & Sebastian in a few ways, so throw them on the pile too. I have meant for ages to make a project of getting to know Belle & Sebastian better and perhaps this will be my prompt to do so, and the rest of the Camera Obscura catalog more closely too. The high points do seem to come at a pretty good clip here.