I have been aware of winsome folk quartet (formerly a duo) Ivan & Alyosha for a couple of years now. Coming from Seattle – apparently the land where folk bands are born and bred (see: Fleet Foxes and The Head and the Heart) – Ivan & Alyosha are composed of Tim Wilson, his brother Pete, Ryan Carbary, and Tim Kim. They do the gentler, more pleasant, more poppy version of folk (as opposed to the Americana version) – blending pretty harmonies with a more rhythmic melody.
Ever since being championed by NPR back in 2011, Ivan & Alyosha have been quietly content in perfecting their craft by releasing shorter EPs and touring before debuting a full-length album. Well, the long-gestating period is over. All the Times We Had, Ivan & Alyosha‘s first full-length record is coming out. Composed of genteel, sunny songs of simple joys and love, Ivan & Alyosha produce the sort of songs that you can bring home to grandma. Yes, it’s not the sort of boundary pushing music that you need, but it’s the one that can leave you with a sort of warm, fuzzy feeling inside. It is as one of the song titles from their album says, Easy To Love.
Watch the video for the beautiful first single Running For Cover embedded below.
Ivan & Alyosha – All the Times We Had comes out 2/26 via Dualtone (order here)