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Camera Obscura lean into delightful naïvety on “We’re Going to Make It In A Man’s World”

Scottish heroes Camera Obscura are releasing a new album called Look To The East, Look To The West in May – their first for 11 years. Following on from lead single “Big Love” they’ve now shared “We’re Going To Make It In A Man’s World”, a co-write between vocalist Tracyanne Campbell and keyboardist Donna Maciocia. Campbell says:

“This is a co-write with Donna, one of the first of many songs we have since written together. It is a bit tongue-in-cheek with a serious message at its core. As middle-aged women in the music industry, are we relevant? Who is interested in us? Where’s our place in an industry where women are so underrepresented?”

A lighthearted soufflé of an indie track, like thew kind Camera Obscura churned out by the bucket load in their heyday, “We’re Going to Make It In a Man’s World” is sheer grin-inducing delight. Characterised by graceful pedal steel and whispering keys, it finds Campbell singing free-spiritedly about the possibilities for women in the male-dominated music industry, skirting over the harsh realities and imbalances. Instead she radiates pure unvarnished positivity and projects the simple message of hope and determination: “We’re gonna make it in a man’s world”.

Listen to the track below or find it on your preferred streamer.

Camera Obscura’s new album Look To The East, Look To The West is out on 3 May via Merge (pre-order/save). You can find the band on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Camera Obscura Tour Dates:

Thu. May 2 – Hebden Bridge, UK @ The Trades Club
Sat. May 4 – Leeds, UK @ Stylus
Mon. May 6 – Manchester, UK @ Academy 2
Tue. May 7 – London, UK @ Koko
Thu. May 9 – Brighton, UK @ Concorde 2
Fri. May 10 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy 2
Sat. May 11 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowland Ballroom

Wed. May 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Thu. May 30 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
Fri. May 31 – Montreal, QC @ Theatre Fairmont
Sat. Jun. 1 – Toronto, ON @ The Concert Hall
Mon. Jun. 3 – Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
Tue. Jun. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
Fri. Jun. 7 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sat. Jun. 8 – Portland, OR @ Revolution Hall
Mon. Jun. 10 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Tue. Jun. 11 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
Wed. Jun. 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Fri. Jun. 14 – Dallas, TX @ Studio at the Factory
Sat. Jun. 15 – Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
Mon. Jun. 17 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety
Tue. Jun. 18 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Wed. Jun. 19 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
Thu. Jun. 20 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Sat. Jun. 22-Mon. Jun. 24 – Mexico City, MX @ Foro Indie Rocks!