"Urbs in Horto" CD
Genres: indie pop
PO Box 479164
Chicago, IL 60647
Sep 22 - 28 2003
in Horto is an eighteen track compilation of Chicago indie pop
music as compiled by Johanns Face brainchild Marc Ruvolo and
Chicago Indiepop Festival organizer Aadam Jacobs. A wide
selection of bands are tapped here and there's lots to like.
Some of these songs are real winners. Hushdrops'
"Emily" is an adorable, insanely catchy slice of pure pop, Longitude's
"More Awake Now Than Ever" is quiet and yet powerful, and The
Atari Star's carefree "Urbs in Horto" are all very solid
tunes. Good tracks are also contributed by M.O.T.D., Written
in the Sand, Kim, Archer Prewitt, Tom Daily,
and Light FM.
Overall, Urbs in Horto is a terrific, infectious compilation
that shows off all the good pop music that's coming out of Chicago, a
city that is often overlooked in an international perspective.
This isn't great - there are duds - but all in all it's a very
pleasant pop comp.
[Vitals: 19 tracks, distributed by Mordam, released 2003]