Lullabies For Big Eyes
Within The Kerplunks’ treasure trove of 24 lullaby tracks are 13 songs and 11 instrumental interludes termed “Scapes.” “Arms ‘Round The Night” is a lilting, celestial melody, “Blanket of Light” is a sweet folk song which casts sleepy eyes skyward, and “Daydream” adds soft percussion and nap inducing keyboards. Mesmerizing banjo and reverb-layered marimba make the instrumental “The Well” both musically rich and soporific, while reverse echo guitars and beautiful kora playing from guest Doug Galbraith makes the Desrochers sung “Only Long Night” positively tranquil. One highlight is the Cadwaladr sung, Omnichord augmented “Sewing Shadows,” which might be what the Moody Blues would sound like if they recorded lullabies. Other standouts include the Hallett-sung Carole King-esque “Close and Calm,” and the anodyne “Rain On The Roof,” aided by Phil Wipper’s easy suitcase percussion. “Float Away” is reminiscent of the more lenitive strains of Iron & Wine, while the instrumental “Sandpiper” is greatly enhanced by guest Marc Atkinson’s fluttering mandolin, and the relaxing “Grub Advice” is carried along by a buoyant organ. “Night Owl’s Refrain” is a gorgeous song with beautiful harmonies that captures the soaring aspect of dreams. If you are still awake by the time the album ends (which is truly challenging), you will be treated to a stunning Paul Winter-like lullaby called “Stars of the Sea.”
Lahri Bond ©2018 Parents’ Choice
Lahri Bond is a father, a writer, music historian and an art professor in Western Massachusetts. His published books include Spinning Tales Weaving Hope (with the Stories For World Change Network) for New Society Press and People of the Earth (coauthored with Ellen Evert Hopman) for Destiny Books.