As a session musician, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Nick Campbell hard. Though his usual gigs were paused — Campbell has played with such artists as Charlie Puth, Vulfpeck, and Meghan Trainor — this didn’t stop the innovator from doing his thing.
In a matter of months, Campbell had taught himself as much as he could about recording at home. His EP, Lo-Fi Bass Music for Quarantine, is what he considers to be his final exam. “Goodbye Moonmen”, the track that originated on the television show Rick and Morty, is exemplary of the kind of off-kilter and all-talent music Campbell can create.
While a creation is what this is, Campbell takes on the opposite moniker as Nick Campbell Destroys. Helped along by “Imperial Senator” Michael Mayo on vocals and “Meeseeks” Danica Pinner on strings, “Goodbye Moonmen” becomes a spacious, lush cover of a song that longed for this kind of detailed production.
And the video is nothing to be breezed over. An art piece directed by Ricky Chavez, the clip is all low-fi effects with just enough trippy visuals and almost-hidden messages to beg for repeat viewing. If you aren’t ready to press play again by halfway through, the space dog known as Hahn will have you ready by the end. It goes to show just how much can be created out of quarantine.