Northside Festival Day 2
Computer Magic and Chrome Canyon
June 15, 2013
On the second day of the Northside Festival, I had a rather difficult decision to make: catching Black Flag at Warsaw in Greenpoint or catching Cody ChesnuTT and Mavis Staples at the Prospect Park Bandshell as part of Celebrate Brooklyn. Like i said, tough decision but it was made easier when I discovered that Black Flag was playing an additional show at Warsaw. So I caught the legendary Mavis Staples and then headed over to Brooklyn Bowl to catch the Bond Music showcase featuring Computer Magic and Chrome Canyons.
Both acts had some had a somewhat similar sound – in the sense that both were primarily electronic music. But Computer Magic’s sound was more downtempo, atmospheric and yet more obviously emotional while Chrome Canyons was much more uptempo, danceable and slickly produced. Whereas Computer Magic’s set was much more straightforward – musicians playing dreamy, melancholy music in front of a somewhat sparse, late night Brooklyn Bowl crowd; Chrome Canyon’s set was a small scale spectacle with video projections, strobe lights and other effects. It almost seemed as though a few more people came through after hearing that Chrome Canyons was playing. It seemed like the crowd came more alive, really. And yet, it was difficult to tell if there was irony or emotion in their material because the emotion seemed scrubbed down to the nub. But man is their sound slickly produced – it’s lushly layered and it buzzes and throbs.
Check out some photos from the proceedings below.
For these photos and the rest of the photos from this late night of music, check out the Flickr set here: