Hello, I’m Robert Ellis Orrall. And yes, that’s Clare Bowen and Hayden Panettiere (you may know them as Scarlett and Juliette) with me at the world famous Bluebird Cafe, where everyone heard songs from the latest Monkey Bowl album “Space”. And while they can’t endorse the latest Monkey Bowl album “Space” because they busy acting, I can! And I can also endorse their ABC Television show, Nashville. The TV show is full of country music. The latest Monkey Bowl album “Space” is full of shiny pop nuggets, like “And You Were A Spaceship” and “The Secret Life Of Secrets”. And a reworked version of JEFF The Brotherhood’s “The Tropics” that is out of this world! As some of you may know, I’ve been recording Monkey Bowl albums under an alias, Bob Something, which was a secret until someone told someone Bob Something was me and I could no longer live my secret life. But here’s the good news: If you know someone who’d like the newest Robert Ellis Orrall album this holiday season, you’ve found it. It’s the latest Monkey Bowl album “Space”!
The New Yorker says “Monkey Bowl is a cross between the Fugs and Ali G!”.Ummm, OK. Renowned Detroit music writer Eric A. Harabadian describes Monkey Bowl as “very clever songwriting with great melodies, wry lyrics and harmonies that bring to mind classic pop like Beach Boys, Beatles, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren…to name a few”. The Deli National says “Space, not an album to be pigeonholed, is a diverse, mellow, lyric-driven record that outfits accessible pop in various masks from soft and acoustic to bright and sparkling.” I say it’s my favorite album I’ve ever made. Check it out on iTunes and see for yourself. Until December 23, Plastic 350 Records will add a bonus release to every order. Happy Holidaze!
Can you picture a world without Art Circus? Neither can we! So when we saw we were running low on “Apples and Oranges”, we rushed a second pressing, and only went a few days with none in stock. So back-orders are being filled, and we’ve once again got plenty on hand. “Apples and Oranges” was our best selling album of 2012, and Halle has been hard at work on her solo album, which we hope to bring you in 2013. So thanks Art Circus fans
Great new reviews for “Apples and Oranges” this week, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. If you haven’t discovered this gem of an indie-pop record, check it out on iTunes HERE. But you might want to buy the CD HERE, because the artwork by Justine Orrall is as beautiful as Halle’s voice. Which is really saying something. But let’s let them tell it! “Art Circus combines the cute nature of Au Revoir Simone with traits of electronic pop and even (if just slightly) hip hop (at least on this song). Yes, that sounds a little odd, but check out “My Heart Hurts” and I think you’ll understand. The song is slightly melodramatic and moody, backed by a dreamy drum box and indie pop synths, all fronted by Halle Jane with vocals pure and sweet. “My Heart Hurts” follows what you’ll get on Apples and Oranges: light and playful near-twee electro-influenced indie-pop. It’s bouncy, entirely lovable and super fun. Within the album are eleven tracks where Halle lends her sweet vocals to the songwriting expertise of member Robert Ellis Orrall, with assistance form Al Anderson, Canaan Smith and Ben Jones. – Fensepost “Syrupy sweet and daydreamy, Halle Jane has narrowed the wide scope of Art Circus. An influence of Madi Diaz’s unassuming sweetness and acoustic pop sense mixed with whirly piano, earnest vocals and glossy production that make it sound like an ultra girly version of Owl City, Apples & Oranges is pastel-colored, cotton candy pop filled with peach and apple pie, whipped cream and kisses. The lyrics read like diary entries, and Halle completely takes over them, making them her own as she unabashedly sings about some extremely heartfelt, sticky stuff on the topic of love and relationships. Apples & Oranges isn’t a fluff pop record; there are intrigues here, like Halle’s unusual voice, which is soft, but substantial with an inquisitive lilt. And though the record is hooky beyond belief, it isn’t tiring to listen to, keeping pretty quiet and on an even tempo throughout, so that Apples & Oranges comes out endearing and infectious, rather than overtly sappy” – The Deli National
The great reviews keep on coming for Monkey Bowl’s third album, “Space”.
“Space, not an album to be pigeonholed, is a diverse, mellow, lyric-driven record that outfits accessible pop in various masks from soft and acoustic to bright and sparkling. The 12-track collection features a hushed, softer rendition of JEFF the Brotherhood’s “The Tropics” that has a delicate piano base. The record leans heavily on piano hooks, like “The Secret Life of Secrets,” and one of the best is the distinct outlier, even on this mish-mash album, “You All,” with its wiry guitar and retro pop rhythm.” (The Deli National)
Have you got your copy yet? Buy it now or go check it out on iTunes right HERE.
Hey music lovers. We know you like to cook too. Don’t ask how- we just know. So the next ten of you who buy the debut LP from The Little Bear will get one of her personally had-knitted pot holders with your CD! Now we can’t say these pot holders will keep you from burning your hands, so we won’t. We’ll say each one is a one-of-a-kind work of kitchen art. Order now right HERE!
Well, it seems like what the world needed was a new Art Circus album. So many of you music lovers out there have bought “Apples and Oranges” already, we’ve decided to make the same offer on two more albums that will be officially released July 20th. But you can get them exclusively here right now. Pick up a copy of the debut full-length from the little bear. Her voice, and her songs as well, defy description. But we’ll try: ethereal, deep, sweet, scary, blue, mischievous, adorable, fun, soothing, original. Listen to it, send us your description, and we’ll post it! And you Monkey Bowl fans have waited long enough for the third album from Bob Something! this one is called “Space”, and it’s crazy good. It features 9 new Bob Something pop nuggets, and covers of great songs by JEFF The Brotherhood and Ben Jones. The New Yorker says “Monkey Bowl is a cross between the Fugs and Ali G!”. Umm, well OK. Renowned Detroit music writer Eric A. Harabadian says “one of the best song-driven releases I’ve heard in a long time! Very clever songwriting with great melodies, wry lyrics and harmonies that bring to mind classic pop like Beach Boys, Beatles, Badfinger and Todd Rundgren…to name a few”. We’ll go with that one! Buy them right HERE.
We’re so excited about the new Art Circus album “Apples and Oranges.” It doesn’t officially come out until July 20th, but we want you to have it now! Buy it right HERE and we’ll ship it to you right away. If you have the first Art Circus album (with 10 different singers!), you are in for a surprise. This one features one beautiful voice that you have to hear to believe. Her name is Halle, and she is nothing short of amazing. If you like your pop music pure and sweet, this is your new favorite CD. Halle’s voice transforms songs by world class writers like Al Anderson, Canaan Smith, Ben Jones and Robert Ellis Orrall into “shimmering nuggets of pop candy”. It’s a beautiful CD package too, and it includes a 12 page fold-out lyric booklet as well. Everyone here at Plastic 350 is so pumped about this album, we just couldn’t wait to let you hear it!