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Now Playing: Break It To You Gently Session: 016 / Camera Obscura / VSAD016

Today marks the launch of the next instalment in the 4AD Sessions series, with Camera Obscura taking centre stage.

The five-track session was filmed in the band’s hometown of Glasgow, at the Tron Theatre, whose 16th century clock tower is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

Directed by seasoned 4AD Session collaborators Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the pair knew exactly how best to present cuts from the act’s most recent album, Desire Lines, released earlier this year -

“The idea behind the session was pure and simple - Camera Obscura are a perfect band, they record their songs all playing live together and there's a beautiful, unblemished chemistry in that unity.”

Shot as the band were about to head off on a US tour, Tracyanne was heavily pregnant at the time, with her bump growing over the shoot as the baby re-positioned. For the session Iain and Jane made a large backdrop of the silvery tree-scape from the album cover and then set the band in front. 

Track Listing:

  1. Break It To You Gently
  2. Desire Lines
  3. Every Weekday
  4. New Years Resolution
  5. Fifth In Line To The Throne


Desire Lines

Desire Lines

by Camera Obscura

Released: 3rd June 2013

Order from: iTunes / Amazon / Rough Trade / Resident / Piccadilly / Norman / Jumbo

For more on Camera Obscura head to the 4AD page.


Director: Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard
Director of Photography: Chloë Thomson
Camera Assistant: Donald MacSween
Production Assistant: Alison Piper
Recording: Kenny MacLeod
Mixing: Paul Savage
Backline: Jim Brady
Make-up: Kimberley Dewer
Stylist: Alexandra Fiddes 

About the 4AD Sessions

The 4AD Sessions are an ongoing series of video recordings with various acts from the label's roster. Following on from the Deerhunter session at the Studio Plateaux on Platts Eyott island in 2008, the recordings will see 4AD artists performing back-catalogue covers and alternative versions of their own material.