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Nick Campbell Destroys

Lo-fi Bass Music for Quarantine

Review by Gary Hill

I also reviewed the music of this in this issue on an EP from this artist. Here is what I said about that song:

This cut has more of a smooth groove (than the rest of the set). It still has some of the trippy electronics (heard on the rest of the other songs) at play, and there is a tweaked angle, but largely it's R&B based jazz. There is just enough weirdness to qualify it as prog. This is the only cut on the EP with vocals. My only complaint there is that some of them (there are multiple layers) are over-produced. I love the bass work near the end of the tune.

Turning our attention to the video itself, space figures heavily in the video. Space video serves as the backdrop for a lot of it. We get some pretty "normal" shots of the artist over it. We also get bits that are meant to look like really cheesy science fiction footage. Silly space outfits and a space ship that looks like a tent are used to good effect to create a playful vibe. There are some points where bits of lyrics are shown over the top. This is actually around thirty seconds long, but part of that is the closing credits for the song. We get to see the contributors to the tune (in their silly costumes) and even a dog with antennae on its head. All in all, this video lends a more playful feeling to the tune. That serves it well.

This review is available in book (paperback and hardcover) form in Music Street Journal: 2020  Volume 6. More information and purchase links can be found at: garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2020.

 
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