I made my adoration for Seattle-based quintet Ivan & Alyosha‘s debut album All The Times We Had pretty apparent in 2013 (album review, live review). The band’s infectious melodies were rampant throughout I&A’s first effort and that skill clearly translated to the making of their pending album, It’s All Just Pretend. Lead single “All This Wandering Around” has a hook that is instantly catchy and utilizes paced keys, driving guitar and Tim Wilson’s engaging vocals. The song’s subject matter of slowing down to refocus is something anyone can relate to and it sounds a lot easier to achieve with Ivan & Alyosha as guides.
BONUS: Easy To Love (Live at KDHX)