Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground


3.5
great

Review

by natey USER (46 Reviews)
November 13th, 2008 | 11 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One for the hippies

Formed from the ashes of Gatsby’s American Dream, Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground is the latest manifestation of vocalist/guitarist Kirk Huffman and keyboardist Kyle O'Quin. The official band includes cellist/backup singe Phil Peterson, and they have been known to perform with upwards of ten others accompanying them. On their eponymous debut they continue to perpetuate the quirks they are known for while making a dynamic and seemingly effortless record. But of course it wasn’t; in fact, they meticulously crafted their self-titled debut over a three year period in Seattle, just releasing it February 28th, 2008. And for an apparently fledgling group, Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground certainly don’t look like one. For one thing, Kay Kay have had a pretty large and loyal following since before their first record was released. On top of that the debut includes over a dozen tracks and nears an hour in running time.

As far as sound goes, the presence of additional stage musicians gives an implication of diversity. And no surprise, much like Gatsby’s American Dream Kay Kay incorporate a range of genres, instruments ranging from a standard rhythm section with muted trumpet to strings and mallet percussion. Eccentricity abounds with moments of sheer fun and more serious dramatic moments. Alternative pop tinged with psychedelic influences would be an appropriate précis.

Kay Kay utilize all of the aforementioned intstruments to create lush and almost theatrical soundscapes, tapping into everything from psychedelic 60s rock groups to African styles like they do in “Santa Cruz Lined Pockets”. “Cloud Country” is simply beautiful with its echoic vocals tinny pop groove. “All Alone” really encapsulates the theatrical ability they flaunt, and succeeds as a dynamic closer. At other times they fall back on basic folk rock, like on the real opener “Hey Momma’”. They have an arsenal of styles all of which they wield formidably and group innocently together.

With their debut, Kay Kay have created a plenary album. It’s praiseworthy both for its sumptuous atmospheres and its more ludic moments which make Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground all the more interesting and enjoyable. For a band just debouched from the Seattle scene they feel much more mature then their discography admits.



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Bleak123
November 13th 2008


1900 Comments


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Minus The Flair
Emeritus
November 13th 2008


870 Comments


When did Gatsbys break up? I like what I've heard from this band.

Spamue1G
November 13th 2008


1291 Comments


Excellent review. More on the vocals would be nice, but really concise and detailed enough to give me a good idea of what the album sounds like.
A tracklist would be nice, though...

Athom
Emeritus
November 14th 2008


17242 Comments


I like these guys.

natey
November 14th 2008


4190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

someone write me a summary and do the tracklist thanks

fireaboveicebelow
July 5th 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

very odd live band but good nonetheless

Lions
July 10th 2009


1015 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guys were pretty awesome live. Especially with all of the instrumentalists and the fact that every member is awesome looking. And they've got wicked harmony.

Desolator
August 6th 2010


191 Comments


I love harmonies, and will probably like this band

Dashy
May 2nd 2012


421 Comments


Album is pretty awesome.

MeatSalad
June 12th 2012


17452 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is outrageous



truly, truly, truly, outrageous

ILJ
March 10th 2013


6941 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I should like this but it does nothing for me. I've tried hard too.



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