Saturday, 27 August 2011
Recommended music: 'My < 3' by Chrome Sparks
25 minutes of electronic loveliness from Chrome Sparks, aka 20 year old university student Jeremy Malvin. There's an underlying gentleness and (appropriately) heart to these tracks that can often be missing from contemporary electronic music. The guest vocals of Steffaloo on two of the tracks undoubtedly add a human touch, but even on the instrumental tracks there's a touch of organic, analogue warmth.
After a few singles and remixes, this is the first fully-fledged effort that Jeremy has put out, and for me it shows signs of great things to come. It's not derivative, it's looking forward (rather than backwards like a lot of those 80s-fixated acts), and it's got intelligence and originality.
After you've listened to the album below, you can get it from Bandcamp on one of those 'name your own price' deals - name a sensible price and it'll be well worth the money.