“Would I walk for a hundred miles for a glimpse of your northern smile?”

“The Sweetest Thing” by Camera Obscura | Carey Lander, Camera Obscura’s keyboardist, died on Sunday, after four years battling a particularly aggressive form of bone cancer. The 33-year-old joined the band in 2002, after the departure of original keyboardist Lindsay Boyd, and has played on the band’s last four records to date, making her an integral part of their bright AM-pop sound. I’m sad to see her go. I’ve loved the band since my college years – think of it, it’s been ten years – because of three things: Tracyanne Campbell’s nonchalant delivery, Nigel Baillie’s mournful trumpets (which he still does on tour despite leaving the band to become a father), and Carey’s keyboards, which now takes a new dimension considering that the group’s last record, Desire Lines, was recorded in the midst of her cancer diagnosis. Carey’s fundraising campaign for Sarcoma UK will continue, the band says: it has broken the £25,000 barrier a month or so back. Now, Carey, go tinkle up there. Goodnight. [NB]

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