Nick Byron Campbell’s Left Vessel project isn’t his first musical endeavor, and a recent interview with The Young Folks highlights many of the highpoints in Cambell’s career including his time in the band Arizona and his very-interested musical installations at galleries in Los Angeles and elsewhere.
The conversation also delves into the creation of new LP One (and Driftless), for which Campbell created a new instrument that allows him to perform with living trees. “Initially, it was a fun idea for how to play something,” Campbell tells the site. “Then it started to strike me as, in an era of collapsing environment and doom and gloom, perhaps a meaningful concept for engaging with nature in a different way. The music I’m making is still extractive, everything we do as humans is to a degree. I’m not gonna sit here and claim to be some incredibly thoughtful or great environmentalist at all. But like any thoughtful human, I’m concerned about things as they’re headed.” Read more here, and be sure to get One (and Driftless) started at your station.