In Tents: Recess Monkey runs away with the circus

The following post is by contributor Jennifer Brown.

Recess Monkey, one of our favorite bands here at Simple Kids, has done it againIn Tents their latest upcoming release (it’s available this Saturday June 16, 2012) does not disappoint in their attempt to create children’s music that’s enjoyable for the entire family.

In Tents

In Tents, tells the musical tale of circus life highlighting everything from outrageous acts like the “Human Cannonball,” to filling your tummy with “Popcorn” & “Lemonade” and finally enjoying the ride on some of those classic carnival attractions like the “Carousel” and the tilt-a-whirl (“Sit and Spin”).

The background tale of how the band’s “manager” Mayor Monkey (a hilariously mischievous character you’ll recognize from previous albums) trades the band’s instruments for a broken down circus.  The story that develops through these cleverly penned hits is told in the beautifully graphic liner notes.  Take time to read it to your kids, because once you know the story behind the songs it makes them all that much more enjoyable.

I think you’ll also enjoy the photographic story and getting to know the band a little better.

I particularly enjoyed the edgy carnival-esque feel of this album on several of the mid-album tracks such as “Human Cannonball,” “Odditorium,” and “Carousel.”  Unlike the bubble gummy sound of some kid’s music out there, Recess Monkey does a fantastic job of taking the real-life interests and themes from the lives of children, like the circus, and creates well written music that could easily be mistaken as songs for adults.

I thought the mysterious darkness of owning a circus came through on the sound of this album in a way that adults will appreciate without trying to insert innuendos that go over kid’s heads.

Pinning down Cool Kids Rock

I was also thrilled to be introduced to three new bands on the final cut “Show on the Road.”  You can find links to their music on my new Cool Kids Rock board on Pinterest, where I’ll be pinning all things related to kids music including past reviews and band sites for you and your family to check out.

Whether or not the circus is coming to your town this summer, you won’t want to miss reliving the greatest show on earth through this exciting new release from Recess Monkey:  In Tents.  We were already singing along after only a couple of listens.

So run away with the circus this summer—you won’t regret it for a minute.

Do you download or buy traditional? Do you prefer to hold a CD in your hand and read the liner notes or would you rather get the instant gratification (and planet saving) benefit of downloading directly to your computer?

About Jennifer

Jennifer, is a stay at home mom to two energetic, fun loving boys ages 6 and 2. She found a new passion in exploring great children's music after becoming a mom, which she blogs about at Swing Whistle Zing. Jennifer fancies finding quality tunes the whole family can enjoy, and dancing with her boys (both big and little) to her favorite songs that connect her to the past & keep her grounded in the present.

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  1. I’m a download kinda gal.
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  2. that depends…if it’s a local artist, i try to buy the cd but for big national acts i usually just download. i like giving the extra money to someone i’ve met 🙂

    • Jennifer says:

      I love the idea of supporting local artists. Do you have any good ones for kids & family in your area?

  3. Thanks for the great info! I am a CD girl, but my husband is download all the way! Generally he will burn me a CD from his downloads, but I may be on my own with this one. 🙂
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  4. We were lucky enough to see Recess Monkey a couple of weeks ago perform live as part of our library’s summer reading program. They were unbelievable in person! I highly recommend this album (we bought it at the show) and we are all loving it.


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