A few years back, my wife and I went to see The Mother Hips at The Double Door. While my obsession for the Hips is well-documented (I had Tim and Greg autograph my man-boobs at our SxSW day party this year), my wife had not never heard of The Hips before. After a few songs, she turned to me and says, “I’m guessing these guys are from California?”
The Idaho Falls illicit that same reaction. Their album is a breezy combo of Cali pop with elements of twang and remind me of a band from a few years back called The Thrills. Led by Raymond Richards, who has a pretty full career as a producer (including the Local Natives debut), and supported by a host of sidemen from various projects, Idaho Falls give you 40 minutes of breezy music that is the perfect companion to dinner on the porch.
The standout track is the opener, “Blood In The Wine.” Working in some accompanying female vocals, the track sets the tone for the rest of the album. Some of the other winners include “The Spark” and “Holding On To Your Home.” For the time being the album can be purchased at CD Baby.‚ You can also download some tracks from their session with Aquarium Drunkard.