Blending cutting-edge 8-bit music with Americana smarts, banjoist/programmer Bud Melvin is an unequivocal original, even among the sonic renegades of the Game Boy scene. Though bending Nintendo's devices to unintended ends offers an inherently techno-political commentary, Melvin is something more: a good, old-fashioned songwriter. Discovering that the warm, staccato bleeps of a vintage handheld--sequenced with special software--were a perfect match for high, lonesome Scruggs-style fingerpicking, the Albuquerque-based musician invented a new vocabulary for himself and the world.
Clashing the suburban nostalgia of 8-bit with the rural nostalgia of bluegrass, Melvin produces music that sounds like a clear and pure present, a droll summation of the here and now. Recalling the subversive spirit of Devo with the irony-drenched baritone of an exotica crooner, Bud Melvin is novelty music for a world that has transcended normality.
The mood lightens up on this newest Bud Melvin release. This collection of bluegrass tinged electro-pop is his most accessible work to date.
Available as 12" Vinyl LP and digital download.