"This inventive album cruises off the beaten path..." --Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner
"Clever" --Parenting Magazine
"...The most unusual GOOD kids' album you'll hear all year...Definitely recommended." --Zooglobble.com
"Perfect for new parents or indie music fans...You won't hear arrangements like this on any other album for children..." --Kidsmusicthatrocks.blogspot.com
"The succession of lullabies, including one in Hindi, is certainly calming for kids and adults alike." --New York Post
"'One Tree Said' sounds like a track from a future Decemberists kids' CD..." --Zooglobble.com
WHAT IS THE HARMONICA POCKET?
Harmonica Pocket, the Puget Sound Washington group known for “thoroughly catchy, toe-tapping indie-pop tunes,” announces the release their second children’s album Ladybug One. Ladybug One, winner of a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, is a truly all-ages album made for kids and adults to listen to together. The album was recorded off the grid using solar electricity and is full of genre-popping originals and twists on traditional folk songs.
From the opening soundscape "The Light of a Firefly" featuring a science lesson presented by an 8 year old, straight into the 60s inspired pop-jazzy "Firefly"; or from the supercatchy horn-laden reggae counting song "Ladybug 123" to the darkest version of the alphabet song (titled "I Love the ABCs") you've ever heard complete with wah-wah guitar and electronic beats, the harmonica pocket consistently takes musical risks and colors outside the lines of what everyone else is doing.
Ladybug One also includes a version of "O Susanna" in 5/4 time with sitar and tabla accompaniment and then chills out listeners with six tracks of "bedtime music" for the napping crowd. During Ladybug One recording sessions, 16 different musicians and 13 young children performed. The colorful cd release contains illustrated liner notes, lyrics, and a letter to listeners viewable here:
The Harmonica Pocket begins with the swinging songs of composer Keeth Monta Apgar. Apgar’s songs are brought to life by a rotating musical pop-gang of friends. The songs then become as diverse as the players who play on them. Along with many other musicians, instruments and sounds, the group’s regular artists include:
Keeth Monta Apgar: lead vocals, acoustic wah-wah guitar, and harmonica
Nala Walla: vocal harmony, dance, and hula hoop
Jon Ryser: saxophone
Check the Harmonica Pocket's live performance schedule, browse playful photos, read stories about the songs, or join the growing international email list on harmonicapocket.com