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Hidari Mae/Speed Not Steel [Split CD]
     

Hidari Mae/Speed Not Steel [Split CD]

by Hidari Mae
 

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Split albums (even split EPs, even split singles) are nothing new in the alt rock world, but there's something charmingly perverse about a split two-disc set, especially when each disc is an EP -- meaning that both programs would have fit easily on a single disc. But the two-disc/single-package format helps to highlight the incestuous nature of these two bands, both

Overview

Split albums (even split EPs, even split singles) are nothing new in the alt rock world, but there's something charmingly perverse about a split two-disc set, especially when each disc is an EP -- meaning that both programs would have fit easily on a single disc. But the two-disc/single-package format helps to highlight the incestuous nature of these two bands, both of which include former members of underground Seattle stalwarts Mercury(who also happen to be brothers). Unsurprisingly, the two bands' sounds are nicely complementary: Hidari Mae's tendency toward languid and slightly vague melodies combines with a tendency toward quiet and slightly whiny vocals, all of it built on a foundation of undistorted guitars and cheesy vintage keyboards. Speed Not Steel has a similarly slow and gentle approach, but focuses more on vocal harmonies and hooky melodies -- check out the drop-dead gorgeous "Anything Isn't Everything" and the soothingly lovely "Days Away" -- with tasteful string parts and even the occasional harmonica (which somehow manages not to sound dorky). Both discs are very, very pleasant, with the slight edge going to Speed Not Steel, who will actually make you smile involuntarily at several points in their program. Don't operate heavy machinery while listening to these discs; do snuggle up in a quilt on a couch with someone you like a lot.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/27/2003
Label:
Cd Baby
UPC:
0751937179825
catalogNumber:
5637322788

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Performance Credits

Hidari Mae   Primary Artist
Peter Johnson   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Group Member
Eric Fisher   Synthesizer,Piano,Vocals,Analogue Synthesizer,Group Member
Jen Wood   Vocals
Seth Warren   Violin
Josh Myers   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Trombone,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Melodica,Toy Piano,Group Member
Andy Myers   Guitar,Autoharp,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Vocoder,Group Member
Kevin Laurence Barrans   Theremin
David Broecher   Bass Guitar
Greg Danforth   Percussion,Group Member
Marlaine Reiner   Vocals
Sasha Loobhoff   Guitar
Peter Johnson   Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals
Kaitlyn Smith   Vocals
Mike Lane   Percussion

Technical Credits

Peter Johnson   Producer
Eric Fisher   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Mike Busbee   Producer
Josh Myers   Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,Audio Production
Andy Myers   Engineer
Dave Ferrell   Engineer

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