“Hearts of Palm”*, IDAHO’s fifth studio album, was universally praised by the critic when released in 2000. It features Dan Seta on guitars and Jeff Martin playing everything else (except for a few guest appearances). Preceding a new Idaho album in 2019, “Hearts of Palm” is now released, via Talitres, for the very first time on vinyl. Limited edition, up to 700 copies, and re-mastered for vinyl from 20bit digital tapes in April 2018 by Bill Sanke. Original artwork revisited by Jonathan Schute (http://www.goaheadschute.com).
*“Hearts Of Palm” was originally released on CD & digital in the year 2000. It was recorded at Jeff Martin’s house in Laurel Canyon and Bill Sanke’s studio in downtown L.A. from mid ’99 to early ’00. It was mixed by Bill Sanke at his DTLA studio.
“Listening to ’Hearts of palm’, one is staggered by the chronic lack of success of this miraculous group. Jeff Martin, the only real head man, doesn’t deviate much from his minimalist system, but this album (very hard to find) embodies the quintessence of his meticulously crafted art. Occasional whispers, guitars in gravitationless flight and a crackling nocturnal folk-rock atmosphere. And almost imperceptibly, the electronics comes on the scene. ’To be the One’, with its climatic overlays, hints at what Idaho could become if Jeff Martin, as he declares, got bored with guitars. Overwhelming.” Libération, décember 2000, Top 5 records of the year (translated from French).
“Idaho’s songs are windy and mystical, though rooted in a glorious pop foundation, delivering cold chills and haunting hooks along side bright rhythms and bouncy beats.” Penny Black Music (UK)