Artists - Mr. Hyde Records
Park No. 5 (2005, Mr. Hyde
Hyde Records has spent the last 5 years chronicling the local Chicago
scene, more specifically the Hyde Park area. This compilation being
their 5th installment (duh) in a series of cd-r releases with crafty
artwork. I will take the easy, yet wordy way out of this one. Please
forgive me but it seems the most appropriate manner in which to
describe the wide variety of sounds found within.
The Goddamn Shame - a nice mix of new-wave and
gaze, like a fuller sounding Chameleons with organ splashes. I like.
2. The Passerines - smooth indie pop with female
vocals, comes equipped with a shuffling beat and horn section, would
fit nicely on the Matinee or Magic Marker rosters. Mm mm good.
3. First Coat - a warm fragile ballad in the key
of Jackson Browne, pleasant guitar tone (and nice feedback midway
4. P1xel and The Chronic Network - song structures
remind me a lot of Jellyfish, now add a bit of glam = pretty fabulous
5. Starlister - hands down the best track on the
comp, has a splendid dreamgazer feel to it with its occasional wall-of-sound
guitars and sweet vocal melody/harmonies. Most impressive.
6. Chokejackers - rowdy art punk noise, not unlike
Erase Errata or Cato Salsa Experience, features hot shit guitar
7. Zinc Fingers and The Major Groove - oh damn,
this reminds me of the overly humorous side of Del tha Funky Homosapien
or um, MC 900 Ft. Jesus (remember him?), basic old-school delivery
& rhymes overtop Latin flavored beats and samples. A bit out
of place but slightly entertaining nonetheless.
8. Health and Beauty - mid-tempo slowcore, vocalist
reminds me a ton of the fella from Summer At Shatter Creek (compliment
of the highest order in this household), equal parts Low and Seam.
9. Becky Stark - affecting and rustic vocals, uplifting
cello and winds. Recipe for success.
10. Millimeters Mercury - reminds me a lot of 90's
semi-indie rock band Dada especially in the guitar, vocals seem
a little bit forced but it's a small beef as it plays to the tune
of the music. I can dig it.
11. Nora Wake - ethereal Radiohead-esque rock with
lots of squealing guitar
12. Plastic Faces - a bouncy Femmes-inine rock
number with strings
13. Lixian Hantover - sweet little folky number,
Lixian reminds me a whole lot of Julie Doiron, gorgeous vocals and
sparse guitar accompaniment
14. Wummin - a dark, dreamy Gothic offering, with
haunting cello and affecting vocals, a most interesting Projekt.
15. Sallah - metal has not been a forte of mine
but I am going to guess from what little I have heard in the past
5 years this would qualify as death or black metal. Mean riffage,
speed guitar heroics and throaty vocals, not unlike Cradle Of Filth.
I could be wrong. Good for what it is I imagine but not my cup of
16. Dead Superheroes - the vocals annoyed me on
this one, over-the-top is an understatement, but the cello and violin
interplay was swell
17. Animate - this had an emocore feel to it, vocals
were kind of flat and the production suffered, had potential but
unfulfilling in its current state
18. Silver Springs - bare-bones acoustic number
with cracked heart-on-sleeve vocals and lyrics
19. Bitter Tea For Breakfast - a pleasant, mostly
acoustic ditty that builds up a bit of steam towards the end, would
fit nicely between your Red House Painters and Galaxie 500 albums.
far as compilations go this is top-notch. Usually the sole purpose
of a comp is to share a variety of goods with a seemingly unknowing
audience. This made me want to seek out more output from at least
60% of the bands and I can't say that happens frequently. A shining
example of the amount of unheard talent out there right now that
most will never hear. I see absolutely no reason why you shouldn't
haul ass over to the Mr. Hyde website and grab yourself a copy for
a mere $5. And oh, lest I forget, the comp comes packaged in a nifty
hand-numbered paper foldout with various cohorts fingerprints smudged
all over it. I wonder if I checked them against the indie rock criminal
database would I find past charges of awesomeness? Great job!