It’s been six years and countless collaborations since Brian Campeau released an album under his own name, and the breadth of his experiences have sharpened an artist many already consider the most confounding and creative working in Australia.
‘Don’t overthink it, overthink, overthinking’ neatly resolves any tension between Campeau’s skills as a virtuoso guitarist and vocalist, his prowess with the sampler as a producer, and his mastery of song-craft. The synthesis of his complex rhythms, his penchant for found sounds and his spider-like fingers on the fretboard are in complete servitude to 12 very relatable songs.
This album sounds like a meeting between Bjork and Nick Drake, or like Cass McCombs getting depressed and calling Air for consolation.
All songs written by Brian Campeau
Produced and recorded July 2014
at Mona Vale Music Warehouse, Mona Vale, NSW
and the Plex Recording Studio, St Peters, NSW
by Jason Mannell and Brian Campeau
Josh Ahearn - euphonium on High Horse
Andrew Basil - piano on Interlude A
Gian Slater - vocal solo on Song About Nails
Harry Sutherland - piano on How We Knew
Ruth Wells - soprano sax on Garden Song
Katie Wighton - piano on Choking Myself
Lauren Yates - cello on Song About Nails
Jason Mannell - drums, co-programming
Brian Campeau - guitar, bass, drums, programming,
ukelele, piano, singing