Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground – Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground

January 01, 1970

(Suburban
Home)

 

www.suburbanhomerecords.com

 

“Maybe
we can go get high.” That wistful remark, from “Bowie the Desert Pea,” is pretty much the
entire message of the self-titled second album by Seattle’s Kay Kay & His
Weathered Underground. The trio’s acid-washed style blends jugband-folk and
boys-choir-pop, embroidered with orchestral flourishes, music-hall whimsy and
the occasional rock-guitar aside. Singer-guitarist Kirk Huffman, keyboardist
Kyle O’Quin and cellist-arranger Phil Peterson (supplemented by a host of
part-timers) would love to turn you on.

 

Such
ornate yet blithe confections as “Simon Courage Flees the Coup” evoke
the psychedelic-period Beatles, Beach Boys and similar late-’60s outfits. (Anyone
else remember the Appletree Theater?) Unlike the best of such groups, Kay Kay
and co. don’t quite write stand-alone songs. It’s hard to imagine most of these
tracks without their tricky arrangements and studio effects. But there are
hummable moments amid the sly twists and outright detours that characterize
such mercurial numbers as “Birds (on a Day Like Today)” and “Hey
Momma.” #Kay Kay# isn’t a
mind-blower, but it is a pleasant breeze from the day-glo past.

 

Standout Tracks: “Simon Courage
Flees the Coup,” “Birds (on a Day Like Today)” MARK JENKINS

 

 

 

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