Ivan & Alyosha
There's a scene in Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov where the main characters Ivan and Alyosha discuss the existence of God. Ivan, in particular, questions the idea of God. Alyosha, on the other hand, is a monk, a believer, some may say, a holy fool. Talk of faith and exalted things is rare in indie rock today. ...show more
There's a scene in Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov where the main characters Ivan and Alyosha discuss the existence of God. Ivan, in particular, questions the idea of God. Alyosha, on the other hand, is a monk, a believer, some may say, a holy fool. Talk of faith and exalted things is rare in indie rock today.
Enter Seattle band Ivan & Alyosha. Throughout their second release, the five song Fathers Be Kind EP, the band chart their own course between divinity and disbelief. "I left my family and my home/to fight the battle on my own I stole a car and drove away/but in my hate St. Paul did say 'Glorify the Lord above/with your drink and making love Glorify the Lord my son, with your whisky and your gun." Ivan & Alyosha began as the solo outlet for Tim Wilson but in spring 2007 the band formed after Tim met Ryan Carbary through a former band mate and mutual friend.
Ryan and Tim began playing and recording together and a trip to Los Angeles to work with Eli Thompson (Richard Swift, Delta Spirit) spawned the name Ivan & Alyosha. According to Tim, Thompson is a huge Dostoevsky fan and the name stuck. With that, Wilson and Carbary released The Verse, The Chorus, their debut EP on Cheap Lullaby Records (Joan as Police Woman, The Silver Seas, Teitur). The stand out track "Easy To Love" earned NPR Song of the Day honors as "a propulsive, sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance." The name Ivan & Alyosha is apt for a band cutting its teeth. ...show less
Albums & Singles by Ivan & Alyosha
Playlists Containing Tracks by Ivan & Alyosha
Sounds Like Winter 2014
indie 2013 - top tracks of the year
Best of 2013 (Updated Often)
1400 of my favorite songs
Music from the TV show Bones
Best 35 Songs You've Never Heard (Pt.5)
San Francisco Indie Vibe
Best of 2013 (Top 100+)
Best Indie of 2013
Sirius XMU/Alt Nation Best of 2013
Indie Hits 2013
Don't break your Hipster
Music Choice Radio: Adult Alternative
2013 Alt/Indie Rock Summer Playlist
Folk-Pop/ Indie Pop I
Indie Summer 2013
Long Ass Community Indie Playlist
♥ Your girlfriend's mixtape ♫
Best of SXSW 2013
SXSW 2013 Top 100
Beauty and the beast (Tv Show) Soundtrack
Indie/Rock Playlist: March 2013
NPR - The Mix: The Austin 100 (SXSW 2013)
Twenty Vol. 37 || Indie Fresh Hits
INDIE Guide (February 2013)
BIRP! Indie Playlist February 2013
2013 - indie february
New Releases - 2013
once you INDIE POP you can't stop
Hart Of Dixie [HERC's Mix]
Playlists We Love
Weekly Top 100 Tracks
Every Monday we publish a chart of the Top 100 tracks added to playlists in the previous week
New Releases UK
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the UK
Indie Feel Good
A hand picked selection of new indie music chosen to put a lift in your step & a smile on your face.
USA TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the best-selling singles in the United States, updated regularly.
UK TOP 40 CHART
Listen to the top-selling singles in the UK, updated regularly.
New Releases USA
Each week we will update this playlist with the latest new releases from the USA
The very latest under-the-radar tracks you need to hear
The World's Most Perfect Pop Songs
The most perfect pop songs from around the world.
This is the perfect playlist to unwind & relax to
Songs To Fall Asleep To
Feeling tired? This playlist is designed to help you unwind and send you to sleep.