NYU Student Musician Campbell Moon Takes Listeners to Space With His New Single
Campbell Moon, a self-proclaimed child of the internet, embraces an electronic, spacey sound with his new single ‘close2me’.
In the summer of 2019, NYU sophomore Campbell Moon’s best friend unknowingly set him on the path to what would become his life’s passion by spontaneously buying FL Studios, a music production software, and suggesting they try their hand at making beats. Moon spent every day of the week holed up in his house, watching Youtube videos that detailed how to use the complex software and slowly figuring out his new obsession.
Creating new beats eventually turned to a desire to write his own lyrics to go with them, so the New York-born, Texas-raised artist got his dad’s old guitar out of the attic and sat down at his mom’s piano. He taught himself how to play the two instruments in the span of that summer. But it wasn’t until the pandemic that his new hobby turned into something more — a career in music. He spent his days “just playing Minecraft and producing and writing songs,” Moon said. “And I was like, I really love this.”
After perfecting his craft in 2020, Moon grew into an independent, alternative-pop artist. His first EP, Mercury, which was released in December 2021, established Moon’s entrance into the music scene with a focus on creating a spacey, out-of-this-world aesthetic. Mercury was ultimately rooted in a mostly indie sound: The heavy bass in the song “Poltergeist” and the acoustic guitar in “Sometimes” reflect how the EP was largely instrumental, dominated by hefty beats. The singer’s voice too, throughout this EP, has an earthy, emotive tone.
His new single, ‘close2me’, takes on a completely new sound, signaling a shift in Moon’s artistic path and genre. It presents a new Moon who, rather than embracing a solid indie sound, immerses his listeners in an electronic, digitalized universe. On his new sound, Moon said, “I feel very Gen Z. I feel very much like a child of the internet; we grew up while the internet grew up too. It was always a part of our lives. I want to convey that with the electronic vibe.”
The new single, which comes out on April 28, achieves this electronic aesthetic with the use of synthesizers as well as a sound Moon described as “robotic,” enhanced by a clip that repeatedly says, “come close to me.” His voice distinguishes itself from the one seen in Mercury, as it is deeply monotone, computerized, and even distorted at times. The contrast between the repetitions of this line occur not because of any shifts in Moon’s tone but rather because of the sonic effects. Paired with lyrics that reflect the physical longing for intimacy, the track demonstrates the tragic loneliness that comes with our increasingly digitalized world.
According to Moon, it all began with recording that one line and giving it that robotic effect, which went on to dominate the song. “From there, I built all the arpeggios and the chords. I think there were like six or seven different versions before this one,” he said. “The most important things production wise are the little things throughout the track that keep it dynamic and moving.”
“It’s only two chords, so that can get boring quickly, so I try to add in just little noises and things that you may not even notice,” he added. These little noises are sprinkled throughout the song. As Moon sings, “You take me higher,” the listeners meet a more psychedelic and dreamy tone, working to create the spacey atmosphere of the single.
This fast-paced, futuristic-sounding song is anything but boring. The 20-year-old’s first single of 2022 marks his move towards his next project, Venus. He has already decided that he wants his music to not be singular, stand-alone pieces, but rather an extensive, multiple-album project — one that goes in the order of planetary configurations, inspired by his own name. This potentially means that Venus will take listeners out of this world, only for the album that comes after to bring them back down to Earth.
Currently signed to NYU’s record label Village Records, which is run by Music Business majors, Moon and his band can also be spotted performing at various venues in the city, including East Berlin, Quadio Studios, and most recently, Kobrick Coffee CO.
On performing in the city and being signed at NYU, Moon said, “It feels very validating. Back home being an artist isn’t taken seriously. It’s an…