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* * * * * Idaho * * * * *

One of the most prolific, consistent, and unsung acts of the slowcore movement, California’s Idaho centers itself around four-string guitarist and vocalist Jeff Martin, a talented songwriter who has gained comparisons to Mark Eitzel (American Music Club), Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters), and Neil Young from the few journalists who have paid attention.

Despite the lack of recognition from the press and a low profile, Idaho has gained a decent-sized underground following through a steady release schedule and sporadic touring. Martin and high school friend John Berry began writing songs together in the ’80s, meeting up occasionally throughout the years as something to do without a great deal of seriousness to it.

They gave a tape of their work to an acquaintance who knew someone at Caroline, and soon enough, the duo found themselves with a recording contract. The duo actually debuted with the “Skyscrape” single on Ringer’s Lactate in 1992 and released their first EP, Palms, on Caroline the following year. The full-length Year After Year was released by the end of 1993, with Mark Lewis and Unsane’s Vincent Signorelli providing help on drums. Berry exited for 1994’s improved This Way Out, leaving Martin to himself. Receiving assistance from another batch of guest drummers (including frequent aide Joey Waronker), he played every instrument, including piano (Martin is classically trained).

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With a 6-year breather between full-lengths, Idaho frontman Jeff Martin is finally fine-tuning his grasp on accomplishing more with less. The quasi-slowcore outfit’s latest album consists of 14 hushed, melancholy tracks that play their cards closer to the vest than ever before — an emphasis on mood is pronounced throughout shimmery instrumental ‘Impaler’ and the haunted bare bones of ‘Weigh It Down’, ghostly susurrations creeping out from behind the band’s core arrangements, our gaze fixed upon the moving shadows rather than the figures casting them.

2005′s The Lone Gunman may well have been the act’s gentlest, most intimate outing at the time, so it’s no surprise that ‘You Were A Dick’ favors a subdued lament over jagged jibes. “I hope you don’t take it personally”, Martin sings in the opening seconds. Amid twinkly, cinematic backdrops, his newfound vocal composure cultivates pathos through minimal movement on ‘Reminder’ and ‘Structure’. On the flip side, the languorous translates to limp on ‘Someone To Relate To’, a sleepy and formless cut that drags its feet in setting a course.

Martin’s bandmates then drop the same ball on ‘The Serpent & The Shadow’, a muted wordless interlude that expresses nothing in particular during its 67 seconds. Jarred by the disquieting lull, Idaho goes on to reinstate its gait on ‘The Space Between’ and A Million Reasons’, the former pulling out some pure 90s angst whereas the latter’s eager drums find themselves strewn across the canvas haphazardly, disrupting Martin’s steady progress, wholly unwilling to abide by his cadence.

We’re never too old to learn, and for You Were A Dick‘s 40 minutes, Idaho is audibly feeling out the confines of its pocket, occasionally pushing with too much force or pulling away with too little of it. Paring back its songs has largely done the band a world of good though, as on the gorgeous twang of ‘The Setting Sun’ and skeletal, spacey lullaby ‘The Happiest Girl’. When that electric guitar slinks in atop the dusky expanse, its strums illuminate our everyday with the most tender and touching sparks, reverberating from bedroom windows to the furthest constellations in the furthest reaches of the cosmos. These days, a little is going a long way. [ __Vinh Cao ].

Recorded and peformed by Jeff Martin at his home in haunted Laurel Canyon in Hollywood.CA. Bill Sanke mixed and also engineered. Background vocals on #2 by Eleni Mandell. Cello on #’s 2 and 13 by Jessica Catron. Cover art by Jeff Martin and Jennifer Parsons of Tiny Pine Press. Mastered by Eddy Schreyer at Oasis. Produced by Jeff Martin an Bill Sanke.
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2. Rocket
3. Your Loss
4. Scrawny (live in Forli Italy 2004)
5. Late Sun

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Artist – Idaho
Album – You Were A Dick [ * * * * * ] X 10
Release Date – 2011
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Lo-core/Medio-core, Sadcore, Mod-folk [ AWESOME AS USUAL ]

Tracklist

01 You Were A Dick
02 Weigh It Down
03 Reminder
04 Impaler
05 Structure
06 The Serpent And The Shadow
07 The Happiest Girl
08 The Space Between
09 Someone To Relate To
10 Up The Hill
11 A Million Reasons
12 The Setting Sun
13 Flames
14 What Was That ?
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BANDCAMP ~ Idaho – You Were A Dick
FILEFACTORY ~ Idaho – You Were A Dick
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Artist – Idaho
Album – The Lone Gunman
Release Date – 2008
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Lo-core/Medio-core, Sad-core, Mod-folk

Tracklist

01. The Orange Cliffs 1:27 $0.89
02. Eschelon 3:06 $0.89
03. The Mystery 2:44 $0.89
04. Live Today Again 4:24 $0.89
05. When Sunday Comes 3:42 $0.89
06. Have to Be 2:32 $0.89
07. Just Might Run 2:49 $0.89
08. You Flew 3:24 $0.89
09. Kite 2:52 $0.89
10. Cherry Wine 2:31 $0.89
11. Grown in California 3:41 $0.89
12. U Got That Gunman Thang 1:12 $0.89
13. Wet Work 1:42 $0.89
14. Cactus Man Rides Again 1:49 $0.89
15. Where the Canyon Meets the Stars 1:37 $0.89
16. The Last Days of Petrol
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Idaho – The Lone Gunman Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Idaho
Album – Levitate
Release Date – 2001
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Lo-core/Medio-core, Sad-core, Mod-folk

Tracklist

01. wandering the fields 3:50 $0.89
02. 20 years 3:41 $0.89
03. for granted 4:52 $0.89
04. on the shore 3:38 $0.89
05. levitate pt. 2 4:22 $0.89
06. santa claus is weierd 3:35 $0.89
07. orange 5:23 $0.89
08. come back home 3:36 $0.89
09. carousel 1:43 $0.89
10. casa mia 2:53 $0.89
11. levitate
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Idaho – Levitate Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Idaho
Album – Hearts Of Palm
Release Date – 2000
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Lo-core/Medio-core, Sad-core, Mod-folk

Tracklist

01. To Be the One 3:38 $0.89
02. Hearts of Palm 3:55 $0.89
03. Down in Waves 4:09 $0.89
04. This Cloud We’re On 3:02 $0.89
05. Happy Times 4:08 $0.89
06. Dum Dum 3:32 $0.89
07. Astrida 3:09 $0.89
08. Evolution Is Cold 3:08 $0.89
09. Alta Dena 3:55 $0.89
10. Before You Go 3:37 $0.89
11. Under
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Idaho – Hearts Of Palm Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Alas

Artist – Idaho
Album – Alas
Release Date – 1998
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Lo-core/Medio-core, Sad-core, Mod-folk

Tracklist

01. Jump Up Listen
02. Tensile Listen
03. You’ll Get to the Bottom of This Listen
04. Scrawny Listen
05. Only in the Desert Listen
06. Run But You Ran Listen
07. Clouded Listen
08. Yesterday’s Unwinding Listen
09. Leaves Upon the Water Listen
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Idaho – Alas Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Artist – Idaho
Album – Three Sheets to the Wind
Release Date – 1996
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Lo-core/Medio-core, Sad-core, Mod-folk

Tracklist

01. If You Dare
02. Catapult
03. Pomegranate Bleeding
04. Shame
05. Stare at the Sky
06. No Ones Watching
07. Alive Again
08. Sound Awake
09. Glass Bottom
10. Get You Back
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Idaho – Three Sheets to the Wind Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Year After Year

Artist – Idaho
Album – Year After Year
Release Date – 1993
Genre – Indie, Alternative, Lo-core/Medio-core, Sad-core, Mod-folk

Tracklist

01. God’s Green Earth Listen
02. Skyscrape Listen
03. Gone Listen
04. Here to Go Listen
05. Sundown Listen
06. Memorial Day Listen
07. One Sunday Listen
08. Only Road Listen
09. Let’s Cheat Death Listen
10. Save Listen
11. Year After Year Listen
12. Endgame Listen
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Idaho – Year After Year Password – SirensSound.blogspot.com
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Recommendations: Goodnight, Sleep Well | Constantina | The Spheres | Crippled Black Phoenix | Miasma & The Carousel Of Headless Horses
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