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Ivan & Alyosha / Press

“Seattle four-piece (yes, four-piece) Ivan & Alyosha are gearing up to release their new Fathers Be Kind EP this February and have just unveiled live footage of a new track, "Glorify." Taking their name from The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky's philosophical final novel that famously takes on religious ideology, the band evokes a wisdom beyond their years with warm harmonies and lush melodies throughout the 5-track EP. Think of a literary-minded cross between Local Natives & Fleet Foxes. Watch the band play EP-closer "Glorify" below and join us as believers.”

“The first taste of that album will arrive shortly in the form of Fathers Be Kind, a five-song EP that showcases some of the best new songs in their repertoire. It hearkens back to ’60s and ’70s Americana — a sound that calls to mind faded color photographs and Super 8 home movies. The lyrics are straightforward, usually taken directly from Wilson’s own life lessons.”

“After listening to 1,300 songs in preparation for South by Southwest 2010, Ivan and Alyosha's "Easy to Love" turned up as one of our favorite pre-festival discoveries. That was a year ago, and at the time, the Seattle group had just one EP out, called The Verse, The Chorus. This past summer, Ivan and Alyosha members Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary came to NPR with a few more bandmates — Pete Wilson, (Tim's brother), Tim Kim (heard here on acoustic and electric guitars) and drummer Cole Mauro. All charmed us with their Beatles-esque pop harmonies and sweet melodies. The band's second EP, Fathers Be Kind, has just come out, so we figured this was as good a time as any for you to get to know Ivan and Alyosha's music.”