The sextet's indie pop fit right in with the garden's lush surroundings. They rolled through a set spanning the band's last three albums, starting with the title track from their latest album My Maudlin Career.
Early in the set between songs, singer Tracyanne Campbell informed the crowd that "If we're looking a bit red in the face and sort of anxious, it's because they're not used to the heat." Guitarist Kenny McKeeve jumped in saying "We're also scared of all the flying insects." Campbell picked it back up adding "And the criticism from your children who look quite bored." That dry wit was present throughout the set.
The set seemed designed to slowly build of steam, being capped off with the band's most exuberant tunes including "Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken," "If Looks Could Kill" and "French Navy."
As the sun sank and the night drew closer, the band returned for an encore of the bouncy "Let's Get Out of This Country" and the symphonic "Razzle Dazzle Rose," where auxiliary player
The show was certainly one of the best, if not the best, of the Duke Gardens series so far.
[all photos by Kevin Norris]
Camera Obscura set list
My Maudlin Career
Tears For Affairs
The Sweetest Thing
Suspended From Class
Honey in the Sun
Forests ands Sands
Lloyd, I'm Ready To Be Heartbroken
If Looks Could Kill
Come Back Margaret
Let's Get Out of This Country
Razzle Dazzle Rose