Song of the Day 2/20/12: Ivan and Alyosha - "Living For Someone"
Ivan and Alyosha is a band I came across last year when they did an amazing NPR Tiny Desk performance. Their West cost folk-pop is nothing new, but it's hard to deny when they pull it off this smoothly. They released an EP called Fathers Be Kind that was one of my favorite EPs of the year -- finding a comfy soft spot between the Fleet Foxes first album and a more mainstream acoustic pop sound. "Living For Someone" has some really hopeful lyrics about living simply and loving the people around you. It's a rarity in our cynical world. All in all, it's my idea of totally agreeable and pleasant music, which definitely has a place in my music library.
Here's to hoping for a full length release from these guys later this year.