‘Happy-clappy” is Tracyanne Campbell’s offhanded description of the kind of music her band is famous for. That sounds about right. For more than a decade, Camera Obscura, the Scottish indie-pop band she fronts as its lead singer and songwriter, has made the musical equivalent of fluorescent piñatas, one just whack away from a sugar rush.
Tambourines shake. Organs reel. Strings swell. Choruses soar. Campbell’s voice, downcast but determined, is often the only indication that something darker lurks beneath those giddy arrangements.