A Portland based songwriting duo releases their first album for kids. With stylistic nods to the Beatles, 1970s era Sesame Street, School House Rock, and “The Point” by Harry Nilsson, Why Why Why? celebrates a childlike wonder at the natural world, beginning with the first track, “Morning Song” and continuing with songs about where the moon goes, what the largest mammals on Earth are like, the lilting “Willow Tree” and the soothing “Stars” above.
Comments from our music judge:
“Ants Ants Ants is great, great, great. The band is basically two multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriters Johnny Clay and Dave Gulick, who are helped out by a bunch of pals. With a name like Ants Ants Ants, and an album title like Why Why Why, you would think (think think) that the music will be pretty jokey. And while there is humor for sure, the main characteristic of Why Why Why is the hooky, sunny quality of this Portland, OR-based group’s songs. If you like the Beatles (particularly George in his “Apple Scuffs” mode) or the heavily Beatles-inspired power pop line of music, then you will be dancing around with joy to tunes like “Helicopter Leaves,” “Morning Song,” “Where Does The Moon Go,” “Pinwheel or the title track. Meanwhile, children will dig the catchy little tunes about the fun little things in life. So, why, why, why not give this delightful disc a listen?”