Sunshine Collective is a fun collection of happy music that simply makes you want to enjoy it. Sunshine is definitely a good name, as it really does feel like you are listening to a little sunshine! I’d definitely suggest this for Moms and daughters as it just seems to me music perfect for girl time on a beautiful day! The various songs bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart as it lifts you up one song at a time. To quote the song Up to Something Good, ” the world needs a smile and it’s here”. That definitely sums up this album. Check it out today. It will be your next go to happy music!
Sunshine Collective creates an intricate and sophisticated vocal/instrumental tapestry that defines each track as a true musical composition. Arbuckle and Richards don’t pander to low expectations of children’s listening abilities by simply laying “kiddie lyrics” on top of a basic 3-chord musical structure. Recognizing that children are responsive to music that has sonic complexity and lyric depth, the team purposefully delivers a break from typical kids’ fare, keeping it fresh, cool, and “adult ear” friendly.
Up To Something Good has a roll-down-the-windows, flyin’ free feel, but its summertime sweetness isn’t sticky or syrupy; it’s refreshing as cold fruit at a hot picnic. The album’s powerful instrumental ensemble flexes its muscles while never intruding on Stephanie Richards‘ vocal tone and style or her crystal clear delivery of the lyrics. Her eminently ear-friendly voice serves up mod pop and jazz-tinged tunes just as deftly as pop-country, four-on-the-floor, head-for-the-sun numbers.
The title track is pure pop heaven: bold, brassy, and pulsating with life as Richards’ powerhouse soprano soars over a complex orchestration in a manner reminiscent of ’60s stars like Martha Reeves or Diana Ross. The album’s non-hackneyed lyric landscape is best exemplified by the poetic poignancy of “Waiting To Say Hello Again,” a gently country waltz that explores how childhood often copes with parting.
Before launching Sunshine Collective, Brian Arbuckle and Stephanie Richards had an R&R pop chart hit with Stephanie’s debut single, “Get Use To It.” Arbuckle’s orchestral compositions can be heard on trailers for Benchwarmers, Catwoman, and Spider, among others, as well as network promos for shows like Cold Case, Big Bang Theory, and 60 Minutes. He has mixed music for Sprout, Disney, Disney XD, and Nickelodeon, and he is currently in music production for a new Simpsons promo campaign.
CD Details: Up To Something Good
Release date: September 18, 2015
For all ages.
Label: Mystefire Records
Running time: 38 minutes