Taking its name from the meme-famous Final Fantasy II garbled insult, spoony bard is the alter-ego of musician David Nord and the result of a cultural collision as well as an honest and self-deprecating exploration of one’s life. The project’s latest album, Animal Husband, is due out November 5 through independent release.
Listen to “Blue Version,” the first single and opening track from Animal Husband, below:
The 7-song EP begins with the rollicking “Blue Version,” which Nord describes as “a distillation of my adolescence…searching for ‘truth’ long before realizing the futility of that search.”
The song begins with a 60s fuzz-drenched guitar riff, sort of a mutated version of “Come Together” that quickly morphs into a funky fuzz synth hip-hop jam as Nord paints a vivid picture of teenage life, replete with shout outs to Pavement and Pixies.
Animal Husband picks up like a movie sequel, where the happy ending of Nord’s previous albums have led to a host of new problems and considerations. Nord states:
“The title Animal Husband appealed to me because of its duality: I am both the wild and passionate animal AND the dutiful and domesticated husband. But, in real life it’s not that simple and everything overlaps. And, this isn’t necessarily just about marriage, nor is it a specifically gendered thing; I think most everyone faces some internal struggle between their base self and the polished self they may feel the need to be, for whatever reason.”
Originally a jazz composer/guitarist, Nord’s equal interest in hip-hop and electronic sounds brought about an evolution in his work, leading him to merge these styles and explore the possibilities of an alternate musical vocabulary.
The NYC-based hybrid of L.A. beat scene, electronic, jazz and avant-garde takes a fresh approach to musical soul-bearing with compelling sonic textures and introspective lyrics. spoony bard combines hints of Flying Lotus, Dalek, DJ Premier, Herbie Hancock, Aphex Twin and more.
Pre-order Animal Husband here.