DANZ CM - THE ABSURDITY OF HUMAN EXISTENCE Vinyl LP
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Danz CM, formerly Computer Magic (of which the CM stands for), is a one-woman producer, song-writer, composer, indie label owner, and founder of Synth History. Danz began working on The Absurdity of Human Existence in the Fall of 2018. Focusing on song-writing and polishing her production skills, the record is a step up from her previous low-fi bedroom pop works as Computer Magic. It is Danz at her truest form. The album was written, recorded, produced and engineered by Danz in New York City. It was mastered by Grammy Award-winner Joe LaPorta (Beach House, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, David Bowie) at Sterling Sound in New York, and mixed by Claudius Mittendorfer (Weezer, Parquet Courts, Johnny Marr) in London. The Absurdity of Human Existence touches on various themes. Relationships - with others and with oneself, existential views on life and the absurdity of it all. The album features artwork of Death Valley, taken by Shae Detar. The videos coinciding with the album directed by Matthew James Reilly will focus on the beauty of the natural world combined with the craziness that inhabits it. The title of the album was chosen in the winter of 2019 when the record was completed. Every month afterward it became more fitting. Danz started her own independant label, Channel 9 Records, in 2015. The Absurdity of Human Existence will be released on limited edition colored vinyl and cassette via Channel 9 Records in the US, and Tugboat / Space Shower Records in Japan. The record is a blend of alternative pop (like ''Domino'' and ''Low'') alternative rock (like the Devo-inspired ''Something More'' and the Nine Inch Nails inspired ''I Don't Need a Hero''). There are two ballads - ''Breaking Point'' and title track ''Human Existence''. Danz wanted to create a real orchestral disco inspired track for ''I'm Not Gonna Stand By'' where she uses real violin by Emily Hodlen, sax by Danny Meyer (Julia Holter, Chairlift), and bass from Owen Biddle (The Roots, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon). The song ""Don't Stop"" is inspired by 70s electronic pop (a la Giorgio Moroder). The record has something for everybody. Perhaps stylistically, Tame Impala meets meets Depeche Mode and OMD. Danz CM has truly her own unique sound that she has been carefully crafting throughout the years. Danz used mostly all analog sounds for this record, including an original Roland-808, Prophet 6, Moog Minitaur and Mother 32.