Chrome Sparks: Goddess EP (Future Classic, 2014)

April 22, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Chrome Sparks: Goddess EP

Chrome Sparks: Goddess EP

Second vinyl release for Ann Arbor’s own Chrome Sparks, who is now based in Brooklyn, signed to an Australian label, and moving up in the music world. This EP refines his blend of choppy, sample-heavy chillwave, using plenty of tasty synths, added live percussion, and bits of vocals, but not lyrics. The best tracks here are the ones that make the most usage of analogue synth melodies (“Star Step”, the gorgeous “Lost in the Chrome Forest”), but the more beat-driven/detailed tracks are just as impressive. “Enter The Chrome Forest” has all manners of knocking, glitching, fidgeting beats, and still manages to be the most dancefloor-tempo track here. The final two tracks, “ZZZZZZ” and “Goddess”, dip down closer to downtempo Brainfeeder territory, with “ZZZZZZ” having more knocking, off-time wonky hip-hop beats, and “Goddess” starting with Tycho-ish melodies, and then epic trance arpeggios.

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