For the past decade, Glasgow's Camera Obscura have turned sorrow into one irresistible melody after another. On 2009's My Maudlin Career, singer and lyricist Tracyanne Campbell offers her most poignant reflections on failed romance to date, but Camera Obscura's true durability lies in the band's consistency as an ensemble. Take, for instance, Maudlin closer "Honey in the Sun," a catchy four-minute pop song crammed with Motown grandiosity, tear-in-beer country rock, delicate baroque pop, and enough mopey self-deprecation to make Morrissey blush. Onstage, without the exaggerated production of their studio albums, Camera Obscura's heartbreak is even more hypnotizing in its straightforwardness. You might even catch a glimpse of one of these morose Scots cracking a smile, but don't count on it. With Anni Rossi.
Wed., June 24, 8 p.m., 2009