Campo’s ‘Clouds in My Head’ is a simple electro-pop record done quite well
Upon listening to Pat Campo, the electro-pop/rock artist from Los Angeles, you’re likely to wonder a few things, if you’re like me, anyhow.
You might wonder if his music is deceptively simple with a deeper layer festering under the surface that you just can’t quite see. Or, maybe it’s just what it sounds like on the surface and nothing more.
I’ve listened to the songs on his soon-to-be-released album “Clouds in My Head” and I’m still not quite for sure. For what it is, Campo’s music sounds catchy and fun. It has some tight melodies with pleasing choruses and memorable lyrics.
The first single, “Without Me,” is a good barometer for what kind of style Campo represents. He sings with a rather minimal beat “I just gotta go, I just need to go, you can do this without me.” It’s electronica with pop vocals and a sing-song type melody.
The track’s video presents Campo as a puppet surrounded by groups of people doing different things such as shooting nerf guns at targets or throwing playing cards into glasses. It’s a clever little production that fits the tone of the song well.
The puppet is his persona, which “allows it to represent him and his lyrics, showing that great works are not about the face – but about the artistry and sound,” according to his online bio.
The persona aside, Campo’s music brings up an interesting discussion. In the world of music, does everything need to be deep and complex? Shouldn’t we be able to enjoy music for what it is, even if some may feel like the bar has been set rather low? It’s not THAT low, but, it’s not something that’s going to blow you away in terms of technical mastery, either.
Listening to this, I keep coming back to the question, is it fair to celebrate someone who can produce simple music really well but then criticize someone else who tries creating difficult music and fails? I’m not sure.
At any rate, I enjoyed the tracks on “Clouds in my Head.” My favorite would be “Self Destruction.” It’s got a chill vibe and is interesting how non-nonchalant he makes the fact it’s addressing addiction. This also makes it the most thoughtful song of his I’ve heard.
In the chorus Campo sings, “Drown with me into liquid corruption, welcome self destruction. There’s no need for liver function, welcome self destruction.”
Overall, this album feels like it’s coming from an artist who knows what his strengths and weaknesses are and how best to utilize them. That’s something you’ve got to respect even if you don’t feel like the music inspires you. Whatever you do, though, definitely give it a listen and hear it for yourself.