Random jukebox – Computer Magic

I came to rather like Computer Magic a few years back, although haven’t really paid them much attention recently. As a reminder of them, though, the random jukebox has picked How I Won the War today. When I wrote this, it had just 15 views – let’s see if we can bump that up a bit.

Chart for stowaways – 11 October 2014

Here are the singles from just a couple of weeks ago:

  1. Röyksopp & Robyn – Do it Again
  2. Espiritu – Bonita Mañana
  3. Goldfrapp – Jo
  4. William Orbit – On Wings
  5. Tomorrow’s World – You Taste Sweeter
  6. VCMG – Single Blip
  7. Cut Copy – Hearts on Fire
  8. CSS – Hits Me Like a Rock
  9. The Opiates – Rainy Days and Saturdays
  10. Computer Magic – Orion

Retro chart for stowaways – 28 April 2012

Just a couple of months before this blog launched, Gotye had just grabbed his first hit, entering at number 8 with Somebody That I Used to Know, and the album chart looked like this:

  1. Shit Robot – From the Cradle to the Rave
  2. Vince Clarke – Deeptronica
  3. Family Fantastic – Nice!
  4. Computer Magic – Kitsuné: Orion – EP
  5. VCMG – Ssss
  6. Gotye – Making Mirrors
  7. Various Artists – Electroclash
  8. Keep Shelly in Athens – Our Own Dream – EP
  9. Keep Shelly in Athens – In Love with Dusk – EP
  10. 808 State – Web Build

Computer Magic – Orion

I was introduced to Computer Magic a year or two ago thanks to the Electronically Yours blog (they have a female singer, and those guys love synthpop bands with female singers). The New York-based group have been supporting Ladyhawke on their last tour.

What’s a little disappointing is that their free early demo EPs, particularly Spectronic and Hiding from Our Time (both 2010) are in my opinion actually better than the seemingly more finished versions which are available to buy, but the freebie stuff is definitely worth tracking down.

On Orion, or as iTunes prefers to call it, Kitsuné: Orion – EP, you get three proper tracks plus a little intro and outro at either end. The first full length track is Trinity, which is probably the best track on the whole EP, with bubbling synth lines and a certain lo-fi charm.

Help Me brings a nice Tour de France inspired rhythm, but it also gives me the beginnings of a slightly uneasy suspicion that Computer Magic might be exceptionally good live. They have the songs, but it feels as though their studio technique could maybe benefit from a little more practice.

Moving Forward is a great song, but again the mixing is just bizarre. The loudest sound on the track is a cowbell effect which pops up on the right every couple of bars, and is pleasant enough but unfortunately so loud that it’s extremely distracting. Given that they seem to be reasonably professional, it’s all a bit perplexing.

But with the synth arpeggios of Orion the EP comes to a close, and you can’t help but wonder where Computer Magic will end up next. They really do have a lot of potential.

You can find the Orion EP or whatever it’s called on iTunes here.