If you like your kindie music chock-full of sweet pop melodies, strummy acoustic guitars and hum-along harmonies, look no further than Lunch Money.
Lunch Money is everything I love about indie music for kids – clear lyrics with a touch of humour. At first glance you may think that Lunch Money is covering all the usual topics for kid’s music – trains, bikes, animals, dinosaurs and trips to the zoo. But you’d be wrong. Their quirky lyrics tell new and unusual tales. Take for example Tricycle off their first album, Silly Reflection.
“This tricycle was my uncle’s tricycle and that’s why it has a Snoopy sticker on it, This tricycle was my mother’s tricycle and that’s why it has a keep on truckin’ licence plate, You can call me Evil Knievel, that’s shorthand for the streak of red coming down your sidewalk on three wheels…”
The emphasis is on acoustic pop but there’s a good bit of blues inspired strings and brass on a number of tracks – check out the slinky sounds of Caboose and Yes, We Have Rhythm on Silly Reflection. My kids love both of these songs but my favourites are Miniature Things (I agree, who doesn’t love travel sized shampoo?!), Roller Coaster and Umbrella – again, it is the clever, quirky lyrics that will make you smile. Special mention also goes to I Want a Dog because one of my sons sings it with such passion (hint, hint).
On their latest album, Dizzy, don’t miss the super and seriously funny ode to librarians, I Love My Library, and the head-spinning title track Dizzy (which has some nice retro references).
Perhaps I’m showing my age when I say that they remind me of that fab Australian female duo from the nineties, Club Hoy. But it’s the same brand of thoughtful lyrics with a pop-meets-blissed-out feel – thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish.
Both Lunch Money albums are available from Monkeytail & Wellington for $19.95 each.