Over The Moon

Artist ex­plores first solo project

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - FAYETTEVILLE - — JO­CE­LYN MUR­PHY JMURPHY@NWADG.COM

Cody Nielsen has been part of the Fayet­teville mu­sic scene since the age of 14. His first band, Surf De Soleil, was an al­ter­na­tive rock out­fit some will re­mem­ber from a few years ago. Shortly af­ter join­ing Surf, he also took up with Farmer and the Mar­kets, the “busk­ing” band that of­ten plays the Fayet­teville Farm­ers’ Mar­ket on Satur­days. To­day, he re­turns from a tour out West with the psy­che­delic pop of his de­but solo project, Moon­song.

“All of the pro­jects I’ve been a part of all have a dif­fer­ent place within the mu­sic scene,” Nielsen says. “For ex­am­ple, Farmer and the Mar­kets prob­a­bly wouldn’t play Backspace, that’s not re­ally our place. But Moon­song, we love to play DIY venues — Backspace, Stage Eigh­teen, No­mad’s. So I’ve come to terms with all of my dif­fer­ent pro­jects hav­ing a dif­fer­ent role [in the scene], and be­ing com­fort­able do­ing dif­fer­ent things.”

Though he’s joined by his friends for the tour — An­drew Cerra (gui­tar/ keys/sam­pling), Liam McMa­hon (keys/ vo­cals), James Sch­lecte (drums), Zach Ten­nant (bass/vo­cals) — Moon­song as a record­ing project is 100 per­cent Nielsen, from the ar­rang­ing, writ­ing and record­ing, down to the art­work for the EP.

“I want to con­trib­ute some­thing that, when taken as a whole, you couldn’t re­ally com­pare to any­thing else. But when taken in parts, you could hope­fully see the dif­fer­ent in­flu­ences I’m go­ing for,” Nielsen shares, “which thus far [have ranged] from psy­che­delic rock to ’60s to to­day, a lot of pop mu­sic but also jazz, metal … I just like to keep it di­verse and like to keep the lis­tener on their toes with ever-chang­ing sec­tions of mu­sic.”


Fayet­teville mu­si­cian Cody Nielsen is Moon­song — the artist’s first solo project, which melds all his mu­si­cal in­flu­ences for an en­er­getic live ex­pe­ri­ence.

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