[mp3] Camera Obscura - "My Maudlin Career"

It was a little over 2 years ago that I first fell head over heels for Camera Obscura. I only heard Let’s Get Out Of This Country weeks before compiling my Top 10 of 2006, during the very first awkward baby steps of this blog. But the album made such an immediate impact that it found its way in. Looking back at the list now I know it would be higher than its #6 placement - I bet I listen to it more than any other record on that list save Destroyer’s Rubies.

The first single from the follow up has been given away for free from the band - all you need to do is give them a valid email address and it‘s yours. “My Maudlin Career” is the song and title track, and documents a weary ending with a typically Spector-esque arrangement. It’s a beautiful track that certainly would fit in on their previous effort - the instantly memorable melody and tasteful, chiming guitars make a fine introduction to one of America’s finest Scottish imports.

But for me the song is just the perfect way to wind down a whirlwind 2 days. Monday morning I became the proud father of beautiful, healthy twin girls. I feel as full and content right now as I ever have. I just hit repeat on this song for the 4th time as I’m typing this post and enjoying a beer. Even though its lyrics are not particularly uplifting, they’re hitting me hard. “I don’t want to be sad again” it’s saying, and right now I feel like I never will. My girls are sleeping and safe and I’m glad I’ve got this tune to fall asleep with before the start of another perfect day.

MP3 :: My Maudlin Career
(from My Maudlin Career. Info here)

My Maudlin Career - April 21, 2009 - 4AD

1. French Navy
2. The Sweetest Thing
3. You Told A Lie
4. Away With Murder
5. Swans
6. James
7. Careless Love
8. My Maudlin Career
9. Forests And Sands
10. Other Towns And Cities
11. Honey In The Sun


xtianDC said...

Hey James, as a fan of the blog, I just wanted to chime in and say "congrats" to you and your family!

James said...

Thanks so much!