Levitate vinyl reissue
Idaho’s ’01 Levitate will be released on vinyl for the first time in July ’20 by Talitres records.
Pitchfork review by Brad Haywood :
The American Revolution, as we all learned in fourth grade, was rooted in the notion of personal liberty; self-determination, the triumph of freedom, and most of all, independence from tyrants. The American Patriots loved liberty so much that they were willing to risk their lives to free themselves from the despotic grip of the British monarchy. So, with the help of French people, the Patriots took it upon themselves to beat some ass, after which everything was better. God bless America.
As the sole member of Idaho, Martin’s love of independence mirrors that of our noble forefathers. Give Martin liberty or give him death– just take a look at the liner notes for Idaho’s sixth and latest LP, Levitate: “Produced by Jeff Martin. All instruments by Jeff Martin. All songs by Jeff Martin.” The bastard even “reserves all of his rights” (oh wait… does everyone do that?). As if he weren’t already overburdened with the writing, the production, the performing, and the rights-reserving, Martin’s music bears his own imprint, Idaho Music.
It’s easy to be cynical of self-reliant rock stars. Often they’re assholes, like Billy Corgan or Jason Pierce of Spiritualized, who fired his whole band via letter. Others we regard as perhaps a little abnormal; Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, for example, whose idea of creativity escapes all but the most intoxicated. But, having owned a few Idaho albums and seen them in concert, I feel that Jeff Martin’s reasons for independence differ from those of his self-reliant peers.
Pre-order Levitate at Talitres store