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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Idaho Music
  • ASIN: B00005QAWZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 188,745 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Idaho ~ Levitate

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By redstar on 8 April 2011
Format: Audio CD
I spent years knowing of Idaho's existance but I've never been able to muster up any sort of interest, I was already a huge fan of similar artists such as Low, Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon but for some unfathomable reason I wasn't bothered enough to check this band out, all I have to say is more fool I.

This is reletively a hidden gem, whether through being overlooked, underexposed or just plain forgotten about there really is no excuse to not purchase this album if you like music in general. It kicks off brilliantly with Wandering the Fields, a genius track for an opener, as it grabs your attention almost immediately then it eases you into a softer sound, gentle and subtle but immersive and colourful, from then onwards it's a slow drift of melancholic sounds, lyrics that speak to the heart whispered by vocalist Jeff Martins hushed voice. Granted this is the sort of album you'd cry yourself to sleep to, Casa Mia is one such song with a sympathetic tune to it.

All in all a beautiful piece of music that in my eyes has yet to be matched by anyone else. It's almost a crime that it has gone largely unheared by many people, do yourself a favor and buy this.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Idaho's Best Effort To Date 30 Nov 2002
By happyapple - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is easily the most cohesive package of songs Idaho/Jeff Martin has ever offered its/his listeners. The CD plays as one experience. To skip through the tracks would eliminate much of what this music is about. The title "Levitate" is perfect. Jeff Martin's BEAUTIFUL piano work, reminiscent of Brian Eno/Harold Budd collaborations, lifts you up into another world, full of endless beauty, yearning, passion, and sadness.
The first couple of tracks are your classic Idaho songs, at a bit of a faster tempo. From here on out, Martin whisks you away to a string of wispy piano ballads and instruments. Piano ballads are what he does best. Don't get me wrong, though. His four-string, slack-key guitar work is second-to-none, but when he sits down at the piano, he just tears your heart out.
Like normal, Martin plays every instrument himself, except drums on about half the tracks. The guest drummer here is a talented Idaho fan who sent Martin a demo tape of his playing. His steady, shuffling brush work is used to great effect. Basically, "Levitate" is what sadcore is all about. If you're already a fan of Idaho, don't hesitate to buy this. And if you're a fan of Mark Eitzel and the American Music Club, Mark Kozelek and the Red House Painters, or Low, this is definitely for you, too. This if painfully beautiful music.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Levitate 2 May 2002
By J. L. Sievert - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Superb title for this new album. I put it on and levitated from start to finish. Martin has been toiling for years now, probably mainly in obscurity. But I like how he keeps at it, reaching inward with fearless constancy. This of course is the artist's strange calling. No doubt a lonely path. But if it means anything, the music is not made in a void, or, I mean to say, it does not reach one. There are exquisite moments throughout this sublime recording that bear hearing time and again.
If you don't know Idaho, you should probably start early with, say, "Year After Year" (1993) and work your way forward to "Levitate."
This remarkable recording is a thing of raw beauty. Enshrine it in your collection and in your heart. If there is a god, God bless you, Jeff Martin.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Lo-fi beauty 20 Mar 2002
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
After following bands like Low, Bedhead and Yo La Tengo for years, I was delighted to discover Idaho's latest, "Levitate." Imagine if Lou Barlow was a little more consistent, and filled out his compositions without becoming commercial, and you've got a sense of this album. Jeff Martin has taken the lo-fi rock experience and given it just enough tempo to keep things interesting. It's like an album full of songs like Springsteen's "Streets of Philadelphia," but more personal, more intimate (and not written for soundtracks). I'm hooked.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Haunting & Dreamlike 2 Oct 2003
By Lee Armstrong - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Levitate" is my first release by Idaho. It's a somber but delightful mix of haunting melodies and dreamlike churning of electric guitar. The opener "Wondering the Fields" has a full band sound with Jeff Martin's wonderfully off-center vocals expressing sadness and yearning, "There's a lot to staying sane." "20 Years" churns with more slowcore dexterity, bringing to mind Red House Painters. "On the Shore" has Jeff's vocals sounding hollow like an electrified Nick Drake. "Casa Mia" is a sad beautiful piano piece, "Bougainvillea weeping over places we've lived." Jeff Martin's Idaho has wispy melodies that float by on the breeziest of clouds. It's a very enjoyable ride.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Mesmerizing 31 May 2002
By Christopher Murphy - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I can't stop listening to this CD. This is their best album yet. The lyrics are simple and the mood is somber. The piano work is beautiful. Idaho is not an easy grouip to listen, they demand your attention and tax your emotions. This is quite simply a beautiful album, intense and melodic, deep and rewarding for those you dare to spend the time to listen. If only more people did.
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