Pat Campo, from Los Angeles, is a rock, power pop and electronic artist. Releasing his debut, self-titled album way back in 2008, he makes his return with ‘Clouds In My Head’, set for release on March 11.
Eleven songs long, ‘Clouds In My Head’ is upbeat, catchy and poppy. Campo sings, plays all instruments, and produced the album – no mean feat – but when you consider too that he’s made the videos to go with the songs – you realise he’s the complete package, a true artist.
Campo believes in the idea of art over image, and feels that image shouldn’t be necessary to make great art. With this in mind he created a puppet persona, allowing it to represent him in his videos. He says of this decision:
“sure, people can find my picture online, and there’s no harm in that. That’s just not what I’m selling.”
Pat Campo finds his inspiration in his own personal experience – his songs come to him in his sleep, in his dreams, or he’ll wake up with a song in his head. They reflect and define his character, who he is.
Pat Campo reminds us a lot of artists like Foo Fighters and Blink 182. He has a real 90s sound to his music – or maybe it’s just the California sunshine coming through. In any case, the lyrics are upbeat and contemporary, the music is infectious, covering subjects that everyone can relate to, such as in ‘Belong’:
Everybody wants to be loved
Everyone just wants to belong
and in ‘Without Me’, which very cleverly features a music video shot in 360 degrees:
Every time I walk around, people try to bring me down
Every time I look around, nothing but a sea of frowns
Everywhere I stop and stare, can’t believe how much I’m scared
Makes me want to hit the floor running to the door right now
‘Clouds In My Head’, by Pat Campo, is out this Friday, 11 March, on New Retalia Records. You can find Pat online on Twitter, Facebook, Soundcloud, Instagram, Youtube, and his website. Preorder the album from his Bandcamp site, and get the first three tracks instantly, and the remainder when the album is released.
If you’d like to check out Pat’s previous album, click here.