The Idaho Falls

Idaho Falls

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This self-released album by the L.A.-based Idaho Falls -- a group led by vocalist/guitarist and chief songwriter Raymond Richards (a member of Mojave 3 and the Sid Hillman Quartet) -- is a stylish Mojave rock travelogue haunted by the ghost of Gram Parsons. The organic production is lean and precise and there are few, if any, overdubs. The tracks alternate between rolling tumbleweed instrumentals (think the Friends of Dean Martinez or Calexico) or contain elements of various country subgenres, including hillbilly, bluegrass, instrumental twang and strum, Southwestern lounge, and Western-flavored alt-country/indie rock, sounds favored by similar L.A. groups like Beachwood Sparks and Wiskey Biscuit. The plaintive weep of the pedal steel amid sweet, mournful harmonies is particularly nice throughout. Heather Goldberg, who contributes mandolin and shares vocals throughout, has a remarkable voice, as evidenced by the original composition "Sunset Down." Information about the album can be obtained by e-mailing theIdahoFalls@hotmail.com. It's available on vinyl only, but comes with a CD of the entire album inside.

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