Camera Obscura
Release date
4 Mar 2009
Running length
10 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Swallowing 3:38 548
2 The Jonah 15:59 488
3 To the Newly Risen Mountains 3:13 394
4 A for Andromeda 4:26 368
5 Veil Song 3:30 356
6 The Lowlands Of Holland free download 4:32 593
7 Skelly's Fireplace 1:18 399
8 The Mildew Leaf 1:52 378
9 Mirror in Cherwell 2:45 354
10 Death In The Arctic free download 8:09 318

About this album

Camera Obscura is proud to be able to present to the world the follow-up to the band’s masterful “The Shore That Fears the Sea”, and it’s a cornucopia of sonic delights, covering the spectrum from delicate folk to sprawling progressive rock.

The album title is a reference to the James Herbert novel where a “Jonah” is a cursed person who brings bad luck everywhere, and is also the title of the 16 minute avant/progressive folk suite that forms the record’s centerpiece. Richard Youngs’ progressive rock project Ilk provided the impetus for the band to make a “Prog Album” (which was the working title) so they started with the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink opus “The Jonah”. It was the first track recorded for this album during a two week burst of industry and creativity when the band locked themselves away in Mullingar. David’s imagery for the first section was partially inspired by the Vin Diesel film Pitch Black and it takes flight in all kinds of different dream directions from there. Running the gamut from delicate acoustic guitar to Sunn 0))) style doom metal and back again, it’s an extraordinary feat of the imagination.

Around this central track, a range of shorter tracks orbit, typically acoustic or folk-rock in nature with occasional experimental flourishes, they are characterized by glorious melodies and arrangements and a peerless array of guests. Ivan Pawle of Sea Dog and Scented Candle weaves hurdy gurdy through the title track.

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