Nick Campbell Destroys – “Goodbye Moonmen”


As a fan of Rick and Morty, it’s great to hear a well-done cover of “Goodbye Moonmen.” The show’s Bowie homage was always a fun one, and similar in vein to Flight of the Conchords’ “Bowie in Space.” The cover of the Rick and Morty cut comes from Nick Campbell Destroys, a Los Angeles-based experimental jazz/R&B/soul artist, from his 2020 EP Lo-fi Bass Music for Quarantine. Nick Campbell Destroys shows a more haunting, emotive feeling here than the tongue-in-cheek original — complete with consuming string-based adornments that appear past the one-minute mark. The “we say goodbye,” vocal expression near the two-minute mark plays with particularly sweet appeal. Nick Campbell Destroys’ cover, featuring Michael Mayo, thoroughly succeeds.

The artist explains more about the EP below:

“This EP is a direct response to having to adapt to music making during the Covid-19. As a session bass player I have spent the majority of my career playing with and writing music for live bands. I was in the middle of working on my debut LP, which features a slew of live collaborators from bands like Lettuce, Vulfpeck and Shrek is Love, when the pandemic hit in March. It was put on hold while in person collaboration became impossible. I spent the first couple of months of quarantine holed up in my bedroom as a student trying to learn everything I could about recording and home production. This EP of covers ended up being my final exam. I played almost all of the instruments and recorded almost everything myself in my bedroom. It features some arrangements of my favorite Jazz standards and a song from my favorite TV show, Rick and Morty, and a few remote collaborations with some of my favorite musicians and humans.”

“Goodbye Moonmen” and other memorable tracks from August can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of August 2020’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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