Juice for little ears – The Sippy Cups

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The Sippy Cups list The Velvet Underground, early Pink Floyd, T Rex, The Ramones and their own children among their influences. When I first heard a collection of their songs, I immediately thought of the quirkiness of Voice of the Beehive combined with the seamless vocals of The Beautiful South. It’s two parts pop and one part folk and the result is kids’ music at its very best.

The Sippy Cups have recorded three albums and one EP. Their latest release, The Time Machine, is chock-full of catchy tunes that will have kids (and parents) singing. A stand-out is 7 is the new 14 – it’s not easy to write a fun maths song but my seven-year-old son particularly likes this one and I think he is secretly hoping he’ll be fast-tracking to 14! Featured on both The Time Machine and their EP is the fantastic track One Day Soon which describes a child’s growing confidence to take on all sorts of things from swimming to reading. Bop along to Don’t Remove the Groove, chill out with Awake and make light of grumpy days by singing a few bars of My Angry Voice.

One of my favourite Sippy Cups’ tracks is from the One Day Soon EP and is called Listen With Your Eyes. It’s perhaps the loveliest modern lullaby I’ve heard – beautiful, clear vocals that tail off with the simple instruction “Lay down in your bed…”

Check out the cute little film clip below which tells a funny story. All of The Sippy Cups’ albums are available from iTunes. The Time Machine is $16.99.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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