Monday, 31 October 2016

Kazoops album : Just Imagine – Volume 1 (review)

This summer saw the release of Kazoops, a brand new CBeebies show, which features a six-year-old boy called Monty, who challenges life’s questions both big and small with the help of his limitless imagination and his best friend, Jimmy Jones, the family pet pig. In each episode, the duo enters make-believe worlds to challenge everyday preconceptions such as ‘do things have to be the same all the time?’ or ‘do all games really need rules?’

One of the key elements of the show's success is its music, which is now available in a brand new album Just Imagine – Volume 1. A total of 20 songs from the popular series are included in this first album, and digital service providers include iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and Youtube. Fans of the pre-school TV series will be able to either buy the album and individual songs or alternatively stream the music online.

What makes the music so special is the variety of genres and whimsical combination of guitars, ukuleles, drums, glockenspiels, retro synths, string vocals and more. Each episode contains a unique song which highlights the magic and power of a child’s imagination, while familiarising young listeners with styles and instruments that they probably haven't heard before.

Patrick Egerton, Executive Producer, Cheeky Little Media, commented: “Music pervades Kazoops at all levels, and not just because each episode contains a unique song. The seed of the series concept came from our song writer and performer Scott Langley. He had written these amazing songs about a boy and a pig who went on imaginary journeys. When we heard how ‘grown-up’ the music was, and how clever and funny Scott’s lyrics were, we knew we had the start of something cool for a pre-school audience. The songs are key to the show, and give us these visually rich adventures at the centre of each episode that are crucial to the story but can also stand alone as mini-music videos in their own right.”

The album will launch in English, followed by a subsequent music release in 2017 in 18 other languages. We've been listening to some of the songs and our favourite is the Dinosaurus Games song, which you can listen to by clicking on the button below to see the youtube video.

Pierre loves the patchwork effects of the graphics and the fun lyrics, including an impressive number of dinosaur names. As a parent, I love the fact that they are not headachey and inane, like many children's songs.

You can buy each individual song or the whole mp3 album of 20 songs for £7.99.

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