From the heart

My iPod woke me this morning with the track ‘Careless Love’ by the very underrated Glasgow-based indie musos Camera Obscura.

The moment the sweeping violins began to gently waterfall through my iPod docking station, and into my consciousness, I froze, barely daring to break the musical spell.

The song is gorgeous.

The singer delivers her words in such a beautifully, faux ‘careless’, syrupy, dripping honey, kind of way.

And yet the underlying musicianship is crisp, clear, is sharp, and so important, is intonationally perfect.

Here’s the song (YouTube non-video clip):

Here are the lyrics that resonate so deeply with my own emotional place:

Honey, I’ve been really struggling
To think of you and I being friends
I blow hot and cold, yeah, I’m like a yo-yo
So I don’t think I should see you again

Careless love and acting tough, oh
It wasn’t my style I had enough
I don’t think that we can really be friends

And honey, I’ve been really struggling
To think of you and I anonymous
You’re off to mourning so
The love you gave ebb and flows
So I don’t think I should see you again

Careless love, acting tough
For it wasn’t my style, I had enough
Oh, I don’t think that we can really be friends
But I’ll try again

Oh, the love I feel for you it’s real
Oh, the love I feel for you it is real

Honey, I’ve been really struggling
To see this thing through to the end

Careless love, acting tough
For it wasn’t my style, I had enough
Oh, I don’t think that we can really be friends
But I’ll try again

Camera Obscura are, for me, the epitome of the truly independent musical collective.

They have no big budget, no massive record label, no global PR machine.

They are just a group of full-time musicians who make songs about aspects of everyday life, that have meaning in the worlds of listeners.

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