164. Ivan & Alyosha - ‘All The Times We Had’ + Remember the Maine

Ivan & Alyosha - ‘All The Times We Had’ + Remember the Maine

Ingredients: 2 ounces rye whiskey (such as Woodinville), 3/4 ounce sweet vermouth, 1/4 ounce Cherry Heering, 2 dashes of absinthe (enough to coat glass), 1 lemon peel twist for garnish.

Mixing Instructions:  Rinse a chilled coupe glass with 2 dashes of absinthe.  In a mixing glass with ice stir whiskey, vermouth and Cherry Heering for a minute or two.  Strain contents into coupe glass and garnish with a lemon peel twist.

Notes: It seems there’s something in the Seattle water that causes otherwise ordinary young men to produce other-worldly vocal harmonies. First the Fleet Foxes and now Seattle indie band, Ivan & Alyosha, who’s debut album plants them firmly among this year’s top new groups.  Stylistically they tread on the paths familiar to fans of L.A.-based Milo Greene, as well, as Dualtone label mate, The Lumineers.  What sets them apart, however, is a timelessness to many of their songs - simple, but beautiful melodies that serve as fitting vessels for lyrics that tackle many of life’s big questions…and do so with a refreshing ounce of humility and even joy.  Invite some friends over, make a classic, multi-faceted cocktail, drop the needle on the record and let the night overflow into the morning.

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