Title - 'Avocado'
Artist - Rolie Polie Guacamole
For those not in the know, Jersey natives Frank Gallo & Andrew Tuzhilin created Rolie Polie Guacamole in 2006 while living in Brooklyn, NY.
Over the next 15 years, they’ve played thousands of shows, recorded seven records, receiving top picks from Boston.com, Time Out NY Kids, and Time Out Chicago.
Winner of the prestigious Parents’ Choice® and NAPPA Awards, Rolie Polie Guacamole has developed a smart, parent-friendly musical style that dresses up original tunes and classic covers with vibrant harmonies and deft instrumental layers, plugging in a sizzling electric current of rhythm that lights up lyrics humming with relevance and humor.
Avocado, the bands 7th album (out June 19th, 2020) continues in this tradition broadening the genre of the band whilst continuing to bring forth a technically savvy, and imaginative sound that speaks to children, whilst reminding their parents of the golden age of 1990s music.
2. 'Ay Batta Batta'
3. 'Basketball Jane'
4. 'Fire Truck'
5. 'Dancing on the Sun'
6. 'A Very Quiet Song'
8. 'Pizza Pie'
10. 'Persevering Penguins & Pals'
11. 'Sammi the Cat'
12. 'Jingle Bells'
13. 'Avocado (outro)'
The new album opens with the mid-tempo, sing-along title track, 'Avocado,' and backs that up with the frenetic 'Ay Batta Batta,' a gentle, Rush-like rock ode to Baseball, and then comes an early 90’s Rap story within 'Basketball Jane' (featuring Katie Mullins as Jane).
Next up is a new rendition of a fan favorite, Ivan Ulz’s 'Fire Truck' where the band, whilst working with recording legend Steve Albini (Nirvana, Pixies, PJ Harvey), now embellish it with a new lo-fi punk angst vibe.
The near seven-minute 'Dancing on the Sun' sends the young listeners into space and around the solar system, inclusive of a hot-foot chorus one minute, a lush and gentle moon walk the next, and once they are back to terraferma we get the languid solace of the perfectly-entitled 'A Very Quiet Song.'
The Spanish-sung 'Aguacate' is up next, as the anthem returns as an appetizer for the fun, and weirdly instructional singalong 'Pizza Pie,' and then the kids rock of 'iScream' is up next.
Some rather fine storytelling comes to the fore next on 'Persevering Penguins & Pals,' where Frank and Andrew make a theme song for their OG fans Moorea & Jasper Friedmann (who published their first book “Meet the Persevering Penguins & Pals”).
This highly inventive, fun and bouncy album the rounds out with the longest track on the album, the Brooklyn feline storytelling of the near-ten minute 'Sammi the Cat,' a festively pre-Christmas 'Jingle Bells,' and then comes to a close on a thirty second outro of 'Avocado.'
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