Downtown Pontiac, a place most commonly known for urban sprawl, dilapidation, and now a resurgence of independent music culture. A scene forged from virtually nothing, out of nowhere, and attracting some of the most well known acts in indie music, the Crofoot Ballroom hosted Scottish indie pop outfit Camera Obscura along with ambient dream pop band The Papercuts from San Francisco.
A great warm-up for the more upbeat leg of the concert, Papercuts’ ambient display of haunting instrumentals and soft, understated vocals lulled the crowd into a sense of peace and serenity. The San Francisco based outfit featured a soft, surreal atmosphere complete with a synthesized wall of sound and subdued drums which accented the soft nature of the music without overpowering it.
Primarily performing tracks off of their 2009 album My Maudlin Career, Camera Obscura filled the venue with angelic singing over a tapestry of hooky guitar and mesmeric keyboard. The first half of the concert offered bliss to indie pop fans and a wonderful sample of the brilliance of their new material. “French Navy” and “The Sweetest Thing” accented the performance and proved to be some of the standout tracks on the album as well as live.
Scattered within the show were the more upbeat tracks from their 2006 album Let’s Get Out of This Country. The proverbial ‘hits’ from the album including “Hey Lloyd, I’m ready to be Heartbroken”, “If Looks Could Kill”, and the title track “Let’s Get Out of This Country” had the crowd moving in tandem like the ocean on a black night moonlit by stage lights.
The encore featured a new track from their 7″ vinyl E.P. titled “The Blizzard”. A classic track originally recorded by Jim Reeves, the somber holiday ballad was the perfect end to a show with beautiful tempo change from one song to the next, a layered performance which was both deeply emotional and intimate.