from York, UK. They met in a nightclub after a gig and four compositions came out of the initial session of writing and two of them, 'Destitution' and 'Race in Athens' became the duo's first 7" single on Small Wonder Records in the spring of 1983. Melancholic electropop was their thing, using mainly the classic Roland TR-808 drum machine paired with an armada of classic analogue synthesisers of the time and Nigel's poetic lyrics, think of Ensemble Pittoresque, Oppenheimer Analysis,
After the release of 'Destitution' the duo became a desirable addition to several of the major record labels in particular Arista. While everyone deliberated about whether or not to take the band Peter and Nigel
decided to put out the track 'Village of Stars' on the now super rare double LP compilation album 'Directions' on the 101 International label. The record was to lead to the problems which cost Camera Obscura
the major deal with Arista. Camera Obscura
played live extensively at this time and tried to drum up A&R interest, which was still there and very keen. They recorded demos for EMI and Arista at the beginning of 1984 and were offered a deal by EMI, which was subsequently canned due to budget cuts and a change in personnel. No less than some 20 years later, ten of these tracks marked the first release by Anna Logue Records, the first Camera Obscura
album entitled 'Horizons of Suburbia' was released as a limited edition 12"LP in 2005 including extended versions of the 7" single tracks as well as widely respected underground hits like 'Escape from the City' or 'Circular Waves'. The same year two further tracks from 1983/84 were unearthed, 'Strange Faces' and 'Moving the Mercury', and eventually released as a limited edition 7" single.
The released CD re-issue 'Horizons of Suburbia (extended)' compiles both the LP and 7" single releases on Anna Logue Records as well as the rare track 'Village of Stars' and adds even three previously unreleased tracks from 1983/84 to the list: the killer track 'Coloured Glass', and the tracks 'Conscience' and 'The Insect' which were thought to be forever lost, therefore making this the ultimate collection of Camera Obscura
's early 80's material, a classic of the early 80's electropop genre.