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Will You Find Me
Tigerstyle Records

Rating: NR/10 ?

October 1, 2004
There are few bands in independent rock today that have managed to work their way into as many record collections New York's Ida has. Their work, ranging from the softest side of power pop to the deepest sentiments of acoustic balladry. Minimalist slow-core songs that soothe and enchant like opium-laced hot chocolate, offering a different approach at male/female vocals for those shunned by the wailing of Rainer Maria while offering up asylum to noise much like Low and Best Boy Electric.

If ever there were indie rock songs to make love to, these are them. I haven't heard so many references to lying down in a bed since the last time I watched "Jack & Jill" on the WB. From words whispered to references of butterflies and sleep respiration, this is the music made for cuddling and caressing. If you can keep this album hidden from your partner and recite the lyrics while gliding your finger over his/her hips you will surely go bump in the night.

Ida have been conventionally known as a one-dimensional band and Will You Find Me winds up like swashbuckling swordsman in defense of that assessment, rarely moving out of fourth-gear-at-fourty tempo. I can only imagine that Ida's refusal to play nice and play fast is the reason that this record didn't end up on the major label of their choice. The monotony can get so overwhelming with repeated listens that the less than flourishing guest appearances of Tara Jane O'Neil and Warren Defever of His Name Is Alive make a notable difference.

Ida are two guys, two girls and their emotions sloshing around like a sponge on a wet canvas, the music they make soft and telling but sometimes overly simple even when blatantly abstract. The fact of the matter is that mood music, while totally entrenching in its solid feel, is ultimately dependent on that very mood which it creates, leaving it to collect dust when the time is not right. Specialist rock that is not universal, not transcendent of details. And so it is that Ida's greatest asset, their unwavering lack of flourishes, will likely also be the ultimate nail in the coffin of obscurity.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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