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With much of the material recorded at the same sessions that yielded their previous album, 2000’s impressive Will You Find Me, the songs comprising the follow-up, 2001’s The Braille Night, often feel like a gentle extension of that easeful, free-floating feeling that has become this New York City-based combo’s forte. Songs take on a life of their own, apart from traditional verse-chorus structures, and exist as slow, meditative exercises in contemplation. Any residual youthful angst from their earlier work cedes to a gentle acceptance of life’s unpredictable trajectory and the music attempts to replicate a natural beauty far removed from the industrial scrapings of the city. “Ignatia America” incites a vague dissonance in its ambient minimalism, but the gentle vocals that follow for “Arrowheads” ache for a pastoral retreat in the countryside. Ida members Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton have since worked on children’s music, which should come as no surprise to anyone bewitched by the childlike wonder and optimism that’s so beautifully expressed in these austere tunes.


Formed: 1992 in New York, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Formed in 1992 by the core duo of singers/guitarists Daniel Littleton and Elizabeth Mitchell, Ida is an indie folk-pop act hailing from New York. Littleton emerged in 1985 as a member of the Annapolis, Maryland-based punk group the Hated; after their 1989 demise, he continued in a series of bands including Three Shades of Dirty, Choke, and Slack, which also featured future Tsunami frontwoman Jenny Toomey. Mitchell, meanwhile, began performing as one half of an acoustic duo with singer/songwriter...
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