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We All Scream for Recess Monkey’s New Release "Novelties"

The new Recess Monkey album "Novelties" again shows the Beatle influence, including this album cover nod to "the White Album."

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Editor's note:

The music video “Time to Make the Donuts”  from the upcoming  Recess Monkey new album "Novelties" is available FREE until  June 23.  Watch this groovy baker in an ode to making donuts in a choreographed jam that is  sure to make you sing and dance.  Click here to get your free download.





Seattle kindie rock trio Recess Monkey is back this summer with their 13th album!  The always-enthusiastic band of three teachers knows exactly what kids like and how to get them jumping up and down in delight. Novelties is just what your family is craving for your next big road trip or the perfect accompaniment for a cool pool party on a hot summer day.


If you’ve listened to any of Recess Monkey’s previous releases, you know what to expect from the family-friendly rock band: energy, genuine enthusiasm, and a penchant for puns and wordplay that makes every listen through the album a fun time. "Novelties" is no exception.


The first song, “Every Flavor,” is an ice-cream-flavored earworm with a retro flair. Caution: Playing this song will likely result in the kids clamoring for a frosty treat! “Sweaty Yeti” follows it, and with the adventurous picture it clearly paints in the imagination, silly voices, and clever rhymes, the number is sure to be one of your kids’ favorites on the album.


“Bear With a Bear” clearly shows off the influence of The Beatles on the rock trio. The ditty would sound right at home on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, although it’s unlikely the Fab Four would harmonize about stuffed animal bears that are holding their own stuffed animal bears. Recess Monkey, however, isn’t afraid to go there--or anywhere that’s silly.


“Smitten Kitten” is a unique offering on Novelties, a song unlike any other from Recess Monkey. With a humorous tale narrated by a snooty kitten, the kindie band proves once again that they’re master storytellers and are always willing to try something new on every album.


The catchiest song on the album is a delicious ode to sweet pastries, “Time to Make the Doughnuts.” But it’s  a song dedicated to eating making donuts, not eating them, which is both intriguing and entertaining for young listeners. The bouncy tune is available to download for free until June 23rd from Amazon Music.

Guests on Novelties include Johnny Bregar (mandolin, banjo, wurly), Sean Jensen (saxophone), Alex Guy (violin and viola), Roger Ferguson (fiddle), and Scott Morning (trumpet). Los Angeles based composer Jherek Bischoff created the orchestral arrangements on “Sweaty Yeti” and “Smitten for Kitten.”

The whole album is a treat for families this summer. Recess Monkey’s catchy tunes are a natural rush, giving your kids high-energy, bouncy, sweet fun--without the crash of a sugar high.


"Noveltiesis the first album from Recess Monkey to be released exclusively on Amazon Music. The 14 songs can be digitally downloaded (or streamed free for Amazon Prime members) and are also available to purchase as a CD from Amazon starting June 17. 


Kelly Knox is a freelance writer in the Seattle area. Her favorite flavor of ice cream is all of them. 

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