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Hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, Camera Obscura} formed in 1996, when Tracyanne Campbell} (vocals), John Henderson} (percussion, vocals), Gavin Dunbar} (bass), and guitarist David} started playing together. They went on to release a number of singles, one of them including the contribution of Richard Colburn}, Belle & Sebastian}'s drummer. Three years after the band's first releases, Lee Thompson} joined the band as a permanent drummer while David} abandoned the crew, and was later replaced by Kenny McKeeve}. Keyboardist Lindsay Boyd} joined the band not long afterward, defining the band as a six-piece. In 2002, after being referred as one of the promising bands of the year 2001 on John Peel}'s playlist, Camera Obscura} presented their first full-length, Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi}, through the AndMoreSound Records} catalog, with production help from Belle & Sebastian}'s Stuart Murdoch}. Trumpeter and percussionist Nigel Baile} joined the band soon afterward, swelling their ranks to seven. The group's next effort, the luminescent Underachievers Please Try Harder}, was released by Spanish label Elefant} in 2003 and by American indie rock} stalwart Merge} in 2004. (Merge} also reissued Biggest Bluest Hi-Fi} in 2004.) For the band's third John Peel} session in early 2004, they were asked to put music to the words of Scottish poet {%Robert Burns}, a task the band enjoyed so much they ended up recording studio versions of two of the songs: "I Love My Jean"} and "Red, Red Rose."} After touring the world and reaping critical success, the band returned to Scotland and suffered two losses -- the death of Peel}, one of their biggest supporters, and the defection of John Henderson}. The band released the I Love My Jean} single as a tribute to Peel} in early 2005 and decamped as a six-piece to Sweden to record with noted producer Jari Haapalainen}. The resulting album, Let's Get Out of This Country}, was released in June of 2006 on Merge} and Elefant}. ~ Mario Mesquita Borges & Tim Sendra, All Music Guide

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