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  • Writer's pictureBridget Buckley

Review: Ivan & Alyosha's "It's All Pretend"

Spotify says you’ll like them if you like: The Apache Relay, Lord Huron, The Head and the Heart

Best Track: “All This Wondering”

See Live: Yes…strong vocals live and recorded

Rain or Shine: Although from Seattle, definitely shine

Burbon, Beer or Bubbles: Kentucky Mule

Playlist...Hanging out or Running: Hanging out…backyard BBQ


Seattle’s Ivan & Alyosha’s second full length album It’s All Pretend has a little something for everyone who is inclined towards the folk and indie rock sound. Just the right amount of foot stomping and sing along quality that plays well from the car to a kitchen dance party.

After moderate success from their first album All The Times We Had (2013) and attention from NPR’s “All Things Considered,” I&A continue to find a cohesive sound in every good way possible. There’s a bit more of a Matthew Sweet during his 100% Pure Fun days on the track “Modern Man” than their previous folk releases “Running for Cover” and “Be Your Man.” Stripped down ballads like “Don't Lose Your Love” and obvious radio playable hits like “All This Wondering” live happily along side rockabilly songs “Let Me Go East” with easy harmonious congruity. The five piece band balance electric and acoustic instruments (and even throw in a few horns for good measure) to balance out a strong album.

It’s All Pretend creates a solid sound and is worth a purchase and not just a listen on Spotify. More over, Ivan & Alyosha will be worth seeing live and that is how bands these days are going to be able to keep going.

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