Brooklyn stalwarts Ida have been doing indie since before it was cool. So long in fact that they started when CDs had a higher premium than vinyl. But now that all the kids are buying those funny looking, retro black vinyl discs again, the timing is right to release their first three records on wax for the first time ever.
Ida formed in 1992, mainly comprised of the duo of Daniel Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell -- who later married in 1999 -- and also featuring Karla Schickele and Michael Littleton (Daniel's brother, nicknamed "Miggy", who eventually left in 1999). This line-up formed the band that was featured on their second and third LPs (I Know About You and Ten Small Places respectively), while their debut Tales Of Brave Ida consisted of just Littleton and Mitchell. To be released by Ida's current label Polyvinyl in cooperation with esteemed (although we thought closed) DIY label Simple Machines, who originally released the three records on CD, each album will be printed on deluxe double gatefold jackets, pressed on 180 gram vinyl and come with a digital download coupon for the entire album.
From the press release:
Ida - Tales of Brave Ida
This somber debut from the New York duo Dan Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell marks a great beginning for Ida. Tales of Brave Ida features melodic, fuzzy guitar work that is comparable to the haunting, droning aspects of the Velvet Underground and Nick Drake while still maintaining an original sense of style. With the canny addition of a gloomy cello, provided by Julia Kent, the album does an excellent job of portraying dismal beauty. Dreamy songs such as "Tempting," "Slowdance," and "Vacation" make this debut release worthwhile.
Ida - I Know About You
Ida's second full-length release, I Know About You, is a giant step forward from the band's first,
Tales of Brave Ida. With the addition of drummer Michael Littleton, the songs come into full bloom with new rhythms and interesting dynamics that add to the band's prominent style. Tracks such as "Back Burner" and "Treasure Chest," showcase the piercing vocal intricacies of Ida's managing duo, Dan Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell. I Know About You, is a breakthrough in more ways than one, a mandatory gem in Ida's vast catalogue.
Ida - Ten Small Places
Ida's third release, Ten Small Places, was recorded over a several year span, in various studios. Instead of a concentrated, thesis oriented album, this release is more of a collection of 14 songs that illustrate the band's dynamics. Dan Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell continue to showcase their interwoven guitar and vocal work with the added help of new member, bassist Karla Schickele, who contributes with compositions like "Fallen Arrow" and "Poor Dumb Bird." The album also contains multiple covers, including Neil Young's "Everybody Knows This is Nowhere," and Brian Eno's "Golden Hours." Ten Small Places continues to persuade listeners with warm, intimate material, while also giving fans a different sense of what makes the band special.