I've been writing this post for about a week, trying to find time with all the real life issue that keep popping up. I was trying the save the best for last for music month and I think I have.
Recess Monkey are about to release their fifth album titled The Final Funktier on June 15th and I think it is one of the more anticipated music releases of this year in the Children's music genre. Stephen at Zooglobble calls them the "heart of kids music today" and they have accolades coming out the wazoo. But I think the true testament to why they are so loved it that they live and breath kids in their real life jobs as school teachers. Jack Forman (on bass, vocals and keyboards) teaches the 1st and 2nd grades; Daron Henry (on drums and percussion) is a the helm of the 2nd and 3rd grades; and Andrew Holloway wrangles the Pre-K and Kindergarten years. that just about covers the entire age group the kindy rock genre is reaching out to give or take a few years. This may be giving them an unfair disadvantage over their contemporaries as they have inspiration on tap from a classroom filled with different experiences and imaginations. Makes me wonder if there is any junior groupy hysteria happening in those class rooms.
Their latest offering The Final Funktier is a solute to space exploration performed in funky funky style as the name would suggest. The guys have played around with a bit of electronica on this album which is a step away from thier usual sound, and they have been joined by special guests from the Seattle Kindy scene Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants), The Not-Its!, and Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak (Gustafer Yellowgold), as well as featuring kids in the chorus on 5 tracks.
Here is the first video from The Final Funktier - Moon Boots
Here is the video for Jet Pack
The Final Funktier is set for a June 15th release with a launch happening at Kindiependent in Seattle on the 13th.
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