We've checked in with husband and wife, Japanese Pajama Pop, toy instrumentalists, Lullatone, a couple times in the past year. Primarily known for their minimalist, looping lullabies, this time the band's new album, Soundtracks for Everyday Adventures, really rouses the listener out of bed.
"For this album we tried to make songs that could soundtrack all of the little things in your life feel like they are special parts of a film. Maybe not too dramatic parts, or intense parts, but just everyday magic kind of stuff."
There's still their signature lo-fi sound of glockenspiel, melodica, plastic recorders, toy drums, and casiotone keyboards, but Soundtracks for Everyday Adventures is more energetic than their previous albums. And the cinematic aspect really comes across, with song titles like "the best paper airplane ever," and "riding a bike down a hill and taking your feet off the pedals." Each instrumental song blends into the next, and maybe it's just me, but I couldn't stop imagining endless little video shots of my kids just eating a bowl of cereal or brushing their teeth.
The first time we listened to it, the whole family sat down at the dining room table with a pile of colored pencils and spent the entire album just drawing and coloring quietly.
Give it a listen here.