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Review and Giveaway: Recess Monkey's Circus-themed Album 'In Tents"

recess-monkey-with-circus-friend-photo-credit-kevin-fry-croppedThe circus is in town! With its latest album In Tents, Seattle mainstays Recess Monkey present a joyous, upbeat album recorded at Teatro ZinZanni. This album is pure party music and will get the kiddos moving (warning: do not attempt to do anything but dance while playing In Tents!).

Much like the circus, this album is spectacular, bizarre and fun. Kids will enjoy silly lyrics like “She’s a human cannonball” and “Oh yeah, we’re just like twins.” The heavy, skankin’ beats of “Human Cannonball” recall the ska stylings of '80s icons Madness (remember, “Our house/In the middle of the street?). “Bouncy House" has a hard-rocking intensity.

The album mellows out slightly around track 9 but keeps your attention until the last song with elaborate storytelling, rhythmic changeups, and a sharp sense of humor. As an added bonus, the CD jacket includes a silly story of how “three Seattle teachers ran away with the circus,” alongside fun circus photos.

Enter to win a copy of In Tents

To help you have a rockin' summer, we're giving away three copies of Recess Monkey's In Tents.

To enter to win one of the CDs, simply leave a comment on this post about why you love Recess Monkey. Include your email in Disqus (not publicly) so that we can contact you!

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The giveaway ends Friday, July 27, at noon. We will leave a comment reply for the winner by the end of the day.

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