Three Albums That Changed My Life: Chrome Sparks

Maestro of sweeping melodies, glistening beats and symphonic synths, Chrome Sparks had us totally hypnotised by the release of his gorgeous EP Parallelism. Real name Jeremy Malvin, the 22-year-old producer is set to tour Australia alongside Cyril Hahn, kicking off in Brisbane this week – full details below.

We wanted to get to know the music behind the man, we asked him to share three albums which changed his life – and the results are excellent.

Stereolab, Dots And Loops

The first time I heard this album was when I heard a roommate of mine playing it off of a CD player with tiny speakers in the kitchen while cooking breakfast.  It didn’t matter that the speakers were shitty, the songs (combined with the smell of bacon) completely mesmerised me and I was immediately obsessed.  Every Sunday for years, I religiously put this album on repeat.  It’s so inventive and experimental and poppy at the same time, it just satisfies me in a way that nothing else does.  I have a craving to be a part of something like this down the road.

Simian Mobile Disco, Attack Decay Sustain Release

If I remember correctly, this was the first dance/synth record I really got into.  I was so baffled by the sounds and totally clueless as to how they could get everything to be so full, crisp, and precise.  It’s funny, I haven’t revisited this album in years, but a friend recently pointed out the similarities between some music I’ve just been working on and some songs on this album.  It really affected me more than I realised at the time.

Thom Yorke, The Eraser

I was that headphone kid in high school, and I was probably listening to this.  I remember thinking, if only I could sing, I’d be making shit right up this alley.  My high school stuff really did sound like a cheap knockoff of this album.  The mix of organic and computerised sounds work so well and really affected me (and actually played a large part in the name ‘Chrome Sparks’, which I originally wanted to be ‘Chrome Heart’ to illustrate this dichotomy).