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Seattle pop outfit Ivan & Alyosha has found a much-deserved ally at NPR. Earlier this week, "Easy to Love," the band's catchy, singalong single from last year's EP The Verse, The Chorus, was featured on NPR's Song of the Day podcast. Here's a glowing recommendation for the song:
A propulsive, sweetly booming ode to love as a feat of endurance, the song lays out a matter-of-fact guide to surviving hard times -- "When the sky turns black / and we know it will from time to time" -- before it even gets to its simple but irresistible chorus.
It's not the first time NPR recognized "Easy to Love" as a stand-out track. In March, the song made All Songs Considered's list of 100 great musical discoveries at SXSW.
Even the members of Ivan & Alyosha--started by Tim Wilson and Ryan Carbary, the band now boasts five regular members--know that "Easy to Love" has hit potential. In an interview earlier this year, guitar player Pete Wilson told me: "We all know what people respond to, and what they have to responded to is 'Easy to Love.' "
Hopefully, Ivan & Alyosha have more hits in their arsenal: according to a recent MySpace blog post, they'll start recording a full-length later this month for release later this year. In the meantime, the band plays the Tractor Tavern on May 6.