Nick Campbell Destroys Unleashes His Industrial Jazz-Funk on Debut Album “Art”

Nick Campbell Destroys

Los Angeles-based Nick Campbell Destroys has unleashed his debut album Art, an introduction to the bass player’s eccentric jazz-influenced creations. Characterized as industrial jazz-funk the ten tracks on the album run a gauntlet of weird grooves and oddball narratives that make the artist and his rotating cast of players impossibly addictive to listen to. Every song on the album is filled with electrifying examples of Nick Campbell’s elusively catchy instrumentation.

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From the odyssey of the opening track “Drinking Gin at Arby’s” (feat. Nigel Hall, Swatkins) possibly the most soulful jam ever sung about the sandwich shop, to the bass-bumbling and hilariously sensual “Fancy Jeans” (feat. Jacob Luttrell), there’s never a dull moment across Art. Couple that with songs like the jittery and warm melodies of “My Mother Is On Fleek Again” (feat. Okudaxij) — complete with a dazzling piano solo — and it’s clear that Campbell has a talent and penchant for deliriously exciting jazz concoctions as he does for mingling farcical sarcasm into his spiraling melodies.

Even mixing them in with heady attempts to make sense of life’s own overwhelming chaos — from the gorgeous instrumental interlude “Life Is Full of Disappointment” to the riveting electronics of ruthless dancer hit “Tribal Violence is my Love Language”(feat. Okudaxij). While the dreamy ballad “How To Find Peace In A World with No Future” (feat. Michael Mayo) floats soothingly on the air of twinkling instrumentals and softly cooed vocalizations, an aural lesson in doing just as the song title suggests.

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“Nick Campbell Destroys Art is a ten-track ultra funky modal blast about meaninglessness in the face of suffering but in a fun way,” Campbell said of the album. “It is a distillation from my more than a decade of experience doing session and sideman work with some of the most interesting artists in the jazz, soul, and pop music worlds. On this album, I wanted to try to break down the boundaries that exist between these genres and make something exciting and exploratory while marrying all the things I love about them.”

But he’s also guided by this desire to experiment and subvert the many threads of American musical traditions that find their way into his music. With Campbell finding constant inspiration in the artists around him in Los Angeles who are doing the same. On his debut, he calls upon a large group of fellow artists and musicians to aid him in bringing Art to life. And with a range of influences that include Frank Zappa, Nine Inch Nails, Vulfpeck, and Mononeon — it’s clear that Campbell is intent on making music that is as unpinnable as it is ferociously kinetic.

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Words by Steven Ward

Listen to Nick Campbell Destroys’ new album Art below!

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