French Navy
Honey In The Sun

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Camera Obscura

A blogger that recommends the official video clip of French Navy – Camera Obscura’s latest single – described in an amusing note the band’s singer Traycanne Campbell as a hardly-ever smiling person. Indeed French Navy’s cheerful light-hearted melody is opposite to what Tracyanne is heavy-hearted singing about (so no smiling in this official video clip). Nonetheless Tracyanne can be caught far less gloomy, but contagiously mellow than several of her songs suggest. When we meet three out of five from the indie-pop combo from Glasgow in a tranquil afternoon at Donaukanal, where old ladys go for a walk and a fisherman keeps telling his stories in detail, Tracyanne is flashing several smiles while performing “French Navy” and “Honey in the Sun”. It’s either an affably look to their bandmates Kenny McKeeve on guitar and Tim Cronin on trumpet or an amused realisation that the train is rushing by at the right time as well as an anticipated interaction with a dog “that my mother used to have” that cheers her up. So this session is highly advisable to the above mentioned robbo-thecube-blogger  that concludes on the Tracyanne Campbell “to smile or not to smile”-question: “But she does smile sometimes. I saw her do it once, in one of her pop videos, and it was a sight so beautiful that it etched itself on my retinas like a really good firework or something.”

  • Posted: December 2, 2009
  • Camera: Michael Luger
  • Sound Recording: Matthias Leihs
  • Post-Production: Simon Brugner
  • Photography: Simon Brugner