Last night, Computer Magic played a stellar electro-pop set at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan as part of MoMA Nights, a weekly summer concert series that features “creative women who are making their mark on today’s music scene.” Computer Magic is the solo project of Danielle “Danz” Johnson who composes spacey sci-fi soundscapes layered with vocals that are as fuzzy and soft as kitten mittens. Last night she performed alongside her beau Chris Egan (bass synthesizer) and Ignacio Rivas Bixio (drums). Museum guests and fans sat primly in their seats as children frolicked around the sculpture garden, waiting for the show to begin.
The set started at sundown with the trippy, melancholy song Ex-Believer, released in 2011 on a Kitsuné Maison compilation. The performance captivated the crowd, and soon enough the whimsical synth effects inspired kids and grownups alike to bop their heads to the beat and dance around the garden. Danz was characteristically sweet, and took a moment in between songs to thank everyone and announced, “I’m very excited to be playing the MoMA.”
Computer Magic premiered several dreamy new songs during the show, including the bubbly Be Fair, Secret and Spaces. Danz is currently working on her first full-length record with producer Claudius Mittendorfer who has recently worked with Neon Indian, Temples and Kaiser Chiefs.
The set closed with Running, a lyrically nostalgic track (“Can you find me/In the dark/I haven’t got anywhere to go/Can we go back to the start”) that was visually enhanced by calligraphy artist Maaya Wakasugi joining Computer Magic on stage to paint words in English and Japanese on several large panels.
Photos by Gabrielle Dominique.