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Nick Campbell Destroys

Lo-fi Bass Music for Quarantine

Review by Gary Hill

This three track EP is intriguing. It's not precisely progressive rock, but it is definitely art rock and progressive music. There is plenty of fusion built into these tracks, but also things like R&B, space music, electronics and more. This is fresh and exciting music. It's also tastefully strange.

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.

Track by Track Review
Central Park West
Trippy weirdness brings this into being with an electronic angle. The cut works out with an electronic fusion styled groove. This instrumental has some killer bass work, but that's only one piece of the picture. The whole arrangement is trippy, tastefully weird and so cool.
Along Came Betty

Noisy industrial and spacey sounds are driving this killer jam. It's energetic, freaky and so tasty. This is tastefully tweaked and twisted. There are weird processed spoken vocals. The cut has a lot of fusion at its core, but is driven largely by noisy techno textures.

Goodbye Moonmen

This cut has more of a smooth groove. It still has some of the trippy electronics 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.

 
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