Tasty sounds from Orange Sherbet

It’s delightful, it’s delectable, it’s ‘Delicious’!

Delicious is the fifth album from Orange Sherbet and is inspired by the band’s love of good seasonal, locally grown food. The album has a distinct jazz feel, spiced up with a little rock and rap on a few tracks. Delicious is not the standard kiddie-music fare. Apart from the fact that there are songs about bok choy, rutabaga and mustard greens, the sound is sophisticated and the rhythms are layered and rich.

All of the songs on Delicious are about food, whether that be growing food, buying food or enjoying seasonal food. Four separate tracks explore the seasons – each is a roll-call of seasonal produce and dishes. Delivered in a light rap style, they are winners for testing both reluctant and adventurous eaters. Who’s ready for some asparagus, artichokes, snow peas or borscht?

A handful of songs are about particular foods – Rice & Beans, Juicy Berry and the fun track, Waffle Day. Waffle Day celebrates the important rituals and traditions associated with food and although these ‘rituals’ may not be formally acknowledged, kids notice. We always have different breakfasts on the weekend – the cereal stays in the cupboard and we enjoy all sorts of things from smoothies to French toast. If I served up a bowl of cereal on a Saturday, there would be protests!

“Saturday is my waffle day,
It’s my favourite way,
To start my favourite day,
Sunday is for scrambled eggs…”

My favourite tracks on the album are the sultry jazz numbers Delicious, Honey Bee and Juicy Berry. Each is slinky, hypnotic and very easy on grown-up ears. And lastly, just to prove we are most certainly living in a world of pint-sized gourmets, don’t miss Chase That Pig, a song about truffle hunting!

Delicious is available through iTunes for $16.99 or from CD Baby for US$12.97.

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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