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To explore strange new songs, to seek out new beats and new planets, to bravely go where no monkey has gone before! Celebrated independent children's recording group Recess Monkey invites families to join them on an intergalactic voyage with their sixth studio CD, The Final Funktier (for ages 3-7, run time 34 minutes).
The Final Funktier presents Recess Monkey in outer space: fifteen songs of high-energy funk and new wave grooves, taking listeners on a stratospheric dance party that occasionally touches down on solid ground with moon boots, jet packs, sunglasses, satellites, and booster seats in hand. The album features special guests galore, including a kindie chorus comprised of such luminaries from Seattle's burgeoning kids music scene as Chris Ballew (Caspar Babypants), The Not-Its!, The Harmonica Pocket, Johnny Bregar, and Eric Ode, plus award-winning NYC-based Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak (Gustafer Yellowgold). Chris Wiser of the Sugar Free Allstars and famed kids music producer Tor Hyams show off their keyboard chops on The Final Funktier, and, in keeping with a Recess Monkey tradition, kids also participate, performing as chorus on five of the album's songs. Children's author/illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady, Punk Farm) interprets the journey visually with stunning interior album artwork.
The three members of Recess Monkey are teachers who met while working at the same Seattle school. The trio's genuine enthusiasm for a grad school project morphed into their 2005 debut release Welcome to Recess Monkey Town. This was followed by another popular (and zoologically correct) hit, Aminal House. The teachers Jack Forman, Daron Henry, and Drew Holloway made history with their next release, Wonderstuff, the first double CD children's album produced from material generated at a kids summer camp workshop. Likewise, 2008's Tabby Road and 2009's Field Trip each came from real life children's experiences.
Notes Jack Forman, ''We think of our classrooms as focus groups for what's on kids' minds. It's crazy how many ideas come up over the course of a day that could make great songs. Tons of ideas have come up about losing teeth, getting a new backpack, going on field trips and so many more... We like to wordsmith and are big-time pun fans. On The Final Funktier there's a song about how a booster seat is like a booster rocket, another song about what space elevator music might sound like, and even one about a ukulele-playing alien called Ukulalien. Laughter permeates our experiences with kids, in the classroom and out!''
Recess Monkey, Seattle's acclaimed trio of rockin' teachers, has garnered rave reviews from USA Today, NPR, the American Library Association and many more. Called out for having the ''best kids' CDs of the decade'' from AOL ParentDish, Recess Monkey is ''kindie rock's'' cream of the crop band of the moment.
Like a mix of Donovan and the Beatles, the threesome play catchy tunes with an ear toward an alternative rock 'n' roll beat. Their newest, The Final Funkier is certainly worthy of a heads-up now. This outer space-themed romp presents 15 high-energy funk and new wave grooves about moon boots, jet packs, satellites and booster seats.
Recess Monkey adds a bevy of Seattle's most talented musicians to its ''kindie chorus,'' and the band has a spot-on take of inside elementary school happenings. --Creators Syndicate
The guys from Recess Monkey have been busy preparing for their next project: A trip into outer space! That s right, the funky cool kids band from Seattle is releasing a new CD in June and it s all about space and what you ll find there. I guess you could say that The Final Funktier is technically a concept album focusing entirely on one theme, but instead of becoming dry or forced, this really works! From songs about satellite brothers who never leave you alone to beat-box robots every song on this CD is a keeper.
Along side the silly songs is Galax Sea, a questing song asking listeners to think about what might by on the other side of the galaxy. It s almost epic in its scope and really quite lovely to listen to, plus the guest vocals on this song are amazing. The Final Funktier includes vocals from two of my all-time favorite artists, Morgan Taylor and Rachel Loshak (from Gustafer Yellowgold), as well as Caspar Babypants, The Not-Its, and other big time children s rockers. Very cool! --Boston Children's Music
You can't go wrong with Recess Monkey. This band simply rocks, but they just happen to be teachers who love kids and want to supply them with a steady stream of excellent music. Their first two CDs were hands-down favorites, and this latest creation raises the bar for children's music even higher. I hear great vocals which remind me of two Pauls (McCartney and Carrack), creative and original arrangements, and thoughtful, often humorous lyrics. This trip with Recess Monkey takes us to space (are we there yet?), science fairs, and black holes. Singing along with my daughter ups my cool factor (in my own mind at least) and the kids with whom we carpool all ask who's playing. This CD rocks the minivan, though, even when the kids reached their final destination. Thank you, Recess Monkey, for giving us another great CD. A+. --Kiwi Magazine
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Our first Recess Monkey album, Field Trip was an instant hit with both the kids and mom and dad. It's one of those fall-in-love the first time you listen to it type of albums.
I'll confess, The Final Funktier was an immediate hit with the kids, but I was unsure. The music is a little more fast-paced and hectic than the more mellow Field Trip. Would it grow on me, I wondered? The answer is unequivocally, yes. I'm glad I've given it time to grow on me before cranking out a review, because after a few listens, some of the songs rival my favorites from Field Trip.
"How Do You Build a Robot?" is definitely a favorite of mine, while the kids are more obsessed with "Jet Pack." So much so, in fact that they've requested a jet pack for Christmas. Now, where is Santa supposed to find one of those? "Sunglasses" is a close second for all of us. My kids especially like the funny line of questions towards the end, especially when they ask, "What's for dinner? ---- Sunglasses!"
The style of this album is perfectly suited to the title. It definitely has more of a 'funk' feel than their earlier albums, and has lots of electronic blips and whirs to musically accompany the entertaining lyrics and catchy tunes.
While I'd still tend to recommend Field Trip if you're entertaining the idea of introducing your kids to these guys, The Final Funktier is such a very, very close second that it's every bit deserving of five stars - and then some. Recess Monkey understands kids, good music, and how to embrace many genres and draw in young and old alike -- and they do so flawlessly.
Highly, highly recommended!
It's awesome. Deserving of way more than 5 stars.