Disclaimer: I recieved a copy of the album to review. No other compensation was given. All opinions are my own.
We had a lot going on over the summer, and between the baby and a wedding and other events, there just wasn’t a lot of time for the beach.
My mom and I took Wonder Boy down for a special trip just for him (and to make sure the property was ready for family to stay there since it had some renovations done. He had asked for a trip to the beach, so I really wanted to give him a couple of hours in the sand since he had been doing such a good job being a new big brother.
We meditated down to the beach playing Recess Monkey’s latest, “Desert Island Disc” while thinking of the brief getaway we would be making from civilization.
Lil’ Wonder stayed with grandma away from the beach and sand. Wonder Boy’s first trip to the beach was before he could sit up by himself, and somewhere in that fistful of sand he put in his mouth he developed a love for digging and building sand castles.
Well, mostly digging.
My son loves just playing in the sand, while I go stick my toes in the cold wet sand and meditate on the waves coming in and out.
From the groovy hula motions of “Coconut Radio” (that title alone makes me think of Gilligan’s Island) to the Beach Boys-esque “Getting a Sunburn” (which could have been my little brother’s anthem growing up.
and, there’s definitely “Island Radio Disc” to me sounds like Sargent Pepper and his famous band got stranded on a desert island just before the Beatles made their famous album.
Recess Monkey is a family favorite and I’m glad to a have two discs to play on long trips (one there, one on the way back) that doesn’t drive anyone bonkers and I don’t have to worry about my son hearing lyrics he shouldn’t.
The album was recorded with instruments that, if they were washed upon an island, would be able to play.
” Notes Recess Monkey’s Jack Forman, “After the electrified excitement of Deep Sea Diver, we wanted to explore the calmer side of our songs, and what better place than on a remote beach? Desert Island Disc ended up being played with instruments only available on an island: strange, pieced together drums, acoustic textures, and waves gently lapping on the shore.”
WHile the songs are silly, they also blend in enough with the rest of our playlists that when people come over, they can’t tell that they’re hearing kid’s music, and my son gets to enjoy the music he loves too.
I love the play on words on “Dessert Island”… who wouldn’t want to sail on a sea of fudge?
Goodness knows if I was ever abandoned on a desert isle, I’d want graham cracker crumbs instead of sand and some marshmallows to round out my banquet while looking out at a chocolate ocean.
The disc completes the saga started by Recess Monkey on their “Deep Sea Diver” album (yep, already talked about it here) and compliments it perfectly- definitely reminiscent of the same Beatles, Beach Boys, and other groovy bands, but is also a little more laid back, mellow, and perfect for hanging out in the backyard on a sunny afternoon, diggin’ in the sandbox.
If you haven’t already gotten a hold of “Deep Sea Diver” I recommend it, but you don’t need it to enjoy “Desert Island Disc”.
“Desert Island Disc” is available on their website, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon and other retailers on October 15.