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Little Ripples - Album Review: Rise and Fall

30 Jun 2019 // A review by jacindaeve

Little Ripples, a Northland-based acoustic act, have been busy touring their unique brand of child-centred family folk, bringing their first album to many new fans, and becoming something of a staple for the 95bFM kids show. Their relaxed vibe and acoustic tones immediately conjure feelings of a quiet Sunday at home.

Their sophomore album Rise and Fall came about due to a departure; their long-time collaborator and band mate Erin Cole-Baker was moving to America. Determined to capture some of their sound as a trio, Little Ripples arranged an impromptu recording session to get down a handful of tracks before Cole-Baker’s leaving date. After a few days in the studio, and a flurry of passionate performances, Little Ripples found themselves with a complete second album ready for release. In a headrush from those events and pushing forward for a prompt release, singer Emily Benge described the recording of this album as her “birth [as] as a songwriter”.

Featuring many of the same themes as their first album; Rise and Fall is designed to support children in coming to terms with their place in the world, society, and within the family. Songs like In the Kitchen, Read to Me, and Beautiful Mind describe simple home-life pleasures. Baby Boy and Don’t Grow Up Too Soon speak to the timeless and universal experience of mothers, watching their children grow, and becoming their own people. Sam and Emily Benge are both educators, and this comes through on their album. All of these songs would work beautifully in a classroom environment, making this album an excellent teacher resource for an ECE, playcentre, or primary class. Let it Flow and Rise and Fall in particular would be excellent tools for supporting mindfulness in children.

Sonically, the album is beautifully natural, and laden with hypnotic harmonies. The ukulele, guitar, and double bass provide a warmth and fullness of tone. The harmonium creates an atmosphere of serenity and organic texture. A far-cry from the jarring experience many children's albums provide, Rise and Fall is a balm for the soul. For those times when the world seems over-stimulating and hyperactive, this album offers a sanctuary from the intensity of modern life.

Rise and Fall is soon to be released, mid-August 2019.

Rating: ( 5 / 5 )

About Little Ripples

Little Ripples is sweet children’s folk music dreamed up in the midst of family life. As parents and teachers we felt a need to create music that speaks to the unique experiences of children growing up in Aotearoa and to connect with the hearts of the people raising them. Our sound is driven by rich three part harmonies paired with the ukulele, guitar and double bass creating a soulful heartwarming sound to carry songs that promote connection and well-being.

Little Ripples songs have been around for years in our homes, camping in the bush, at school and kindy and have woven their way into the hearts of the children in our local Whangarei community. In the past three years we have self-funded and produced two beautiful albums the first released in early November 2018 has spread little ripples of hearty musical goodness for children and their families further afield selling the majority of our albums first pressing. We are very excited to release our second album Rise and Fall in September 2019.

With requests from families dotted around Aotearoa for house concerts and chances to see us perform and a new album to release plans are afoot for a Summer tour in 2020.

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