Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Every Friday, we present a song by a Northwest artist. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole is “On My Way” by Seattle’s Ivan and Alyosha from the forthcoming album All The Times We Had on Dualtone/Missing Piece Group.
The Seattle group Ivan and Alyosha combines pop melodies with familial charm, resulting in a sound that’s both effortlessly familiar and refreshingly invigorating. Comprised of core members Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary and supporting musicians Tim Kim and Pete Wilson, the album comes on the heels of two years of touring, where the group honed their live shows and conceived how to recapture their onstage energy in the studio. Bright and immediate, “On My Way” captures the band’s knack for radiating warm melodies and blending sharp instrumentation. Built around ragged guitar and luscious harmonies, the song is a steady mid-tempo that doesn’t crescendo, but rather maintains its propulsion through the potent chemistry of the players. A pop song steeped in folk tradition, “On My Way” is the soundtrack to the end of a long road trip: bittersweet, weary, and ultimately uplifting.
Originally scheduled for a summer release, All The Times We Had will now be released via Dualtone Records (who put out other great releases from The Lumineers and Shovels & Rope) in February of 2013. You won’t need to wait that long to hear them again, though, as Ivan and Alyosha, accompanied by Andrew Joslyn & The Passenger String Quartet, will be playing the Neptune Theatre next Friday. You can buy tickets for the show, which also features sets from Big Sur and Motopony, here. Keep and eye on their website for any further news. For now, here they are performing “Easy to Love” live in the KEXP studio last year: