Win Tickets ($60): Camera Obscura @ Revolution Hall | w/ Photo Ops

We are giving away a pair of tickets to Camera Obscura @ Revolution Hall on June 8. To win, comment below on this post why you’d like to attend. Winner will be drawn and emailed June 3.


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Camera Obscura
June 8, 2024
Doors 7PM, Show 8PM | $30 | All Ages
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Revolution Hall
1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR

Look to the East, Look to the West, the new album by Camera Obscura, is a revelation. The Tracyanne Campbell-led outfit, reuniting with producer Jari Haapalainen (Let’s Get Out of This Country, My Maudlin Career), have crafted an album that simultaneously recalls why longtime fans have ferociously loved them for decades while also being their most sophisticated effort to date.

It is also the most hard-fought album of Camera Obscura’s career. Following the 2015 passing of founding keyboardist and friend Carey Lander (to whom the penultimate track “Sugar Almond” is addressed), the band went into an extended hiatus. They remained in contact, but their status was uncertain until they announced their return, having been invited to perform as part of Belle & Sebastian’s 2019 Boaty Weekender cruise festival, along with a pair of sold-out warm-up shows in Glasgow. Donna Maciocia (keys and vocals) joined founding members Kenny McKeeve (guitar and vocals), Gavin Dunbar (bass), and Lee Thomson (drums and percussion) for those shows and has since become a regular songwriting partner of Campbell’s.

Recorded in the same room where Queen wrote “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Look to the East, Look to the West feels big, a widescreen reframing of Camera Obscura’s sound that, paradoxically, saw the band go back to basics—there are no string or brass arrangements, with more emphasis placed on piano, synthesizers, Hammond organ, and drum machines, and, perhaps most strikingly, the group have dropped the veil of reverb that characterized their previous albums. The tinges of country and soul that give Camera Obscura’s baroque take on pop music its bittersweet edge have never been more apparent—guitars shimmer into the distance, keys haunt, and Campbell’s voice searches for the heart, reflecting on love, loss, and the passage of time.

Lead single “Big Love” relishes in the space between country rock and prog, a pining break-up anthem featuring the soaring pedal steel of Tim Davidson. It’s a Nashville Sound heartbreaker, tackling the complexity of wanting to rekindle a bad relationship with Campbell’s uncanny ability to render the past: “It was a big love, she said / That’s why it took ten years to get her out of her head,” she begins.

Camera Obscura’s uncanny dexterity in juxtaposing genres, moods, and emotions is most keenly felt in opener “Liberty Print,” an elegy that breaks itself open over a crushing synth line. It’s a daringly constructed song, showcasing Campbell’s command of lyrical narrative that allows space for grief within the structure of pop music.

Look to the East, Look to the West is the sound of a band that has grown more confident in its sound and purpose than ever. It is Camera Obscura at their best and most evocative, an album that completely rearranges the listener’s emotional core, leaving them sad and exhilarated at the same time. Camera Obscura’s catalog is replete with songs people point to as life-changing, songs that will stick with them all their lives. Look to the East, Look to the West has 11 of them; take your pick.




  1. Leslie on May 21, 2024 at 1:23 pm

    I’ve loved Camera Obscura since the 90s, but I never got the chance to see them live. It’s not the same without Carey, but the new album really is a revelation. It makes me feel giddy, like having a teenage crush. And this show would be the perfect place for me to nurse my middle-aged broken heart.

  2. Dave on May 21, 2024 at 10:32 pm

    Glad to see there back together since the loss of Carey…

  3. Hunter M on May 21, 2024 at 11:48 pm

    Need my fix of Scottish twee since I had to miss B&S

  4. Kelly on May 23, 2024 at 11:11 am

    OMG I would be so thrilled to win tix to see Camera Obscura! I’ve been listening to them for over 16 years and their music is pure comfort for me, like bread & butter.

  5. Nicholas on May 23, 2024 at 11:16 am

    hey PDX Pipeline, I’m ready to be heartbroken, cuz I can’t see further than my own nose at this moment…. BUT, I want to! And winning these tix would no doubt make me look forward to the near-future ! 😀

  6. Nik on May 23, 2024 at 4:47 pm

    Did you know that the name camera obscura is actually Latin and translates to “dark chamber”? Winning tix to see Camera Obscura would have the opposite effect for me—it would light up my world! Love this Scottish band so much. <3

  7. Grant on May 23, 2024 at 8:17 pm

    I don’t know my elbow from my ass but I know I would love to see this band!

  8. Neil on May 24, 2024 at 2:45 pm

    I like them.

  9. Christopher Foxing on May 25, 2024 at 5:16 am

    I’d really love to see them at Revolution Hall! I’ve been a fan of them for so long, and have been so thrilled to see them back to your again.

    I definitely don’t want to miss my chance to see them for myself.

  10. Suzy on May 28, 2024 at 1:14 pm

    Ohhhhhhhh I should be suspended from class!!! Ohh this would be a absolute win for me and my younger self!!

  11. Alycia on May 28, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    Please pick this Razzle Dazzle Rose! I’ve been a Camera Obscura fan since their early days and would love to see them live!

  12. Deborah K. on May 28, 2024 at 5:26 pm

    I love Camera Obscura! Thanks for considering me!

    • Nicole SmithRyan on May 29, 2024 at 4:38 pm

      Obscura pleasea I will dance my 90’s docs off!!

  13. Kate on May 29, 2024 at 8:02 pm

    Blast from the past! I would love to check out these amazing Scottish artists.

  14. Shaun on May 30, 2024 at 11:31 pm

    I’m a fan, but reaaaallllly I want to take my coworker. He’s a SUPER fan. He might die. Don’t worry, he would want it that way.

  15. k on May 31, 2024 at 11:58 am

    yee haw

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