Record Review: Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground

Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground
Introducing Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground
Seattle, WA

“Dynamite Introduction”

“Is this Animal Collective?” So Seattle group Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground drew these types of comments as their newest album Introducing Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground played in the bar. But after the album finished, it was obvious that while Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground breaks down the same barriers and at times follows the same routes as Animal Collective, they eventually diverge and take the road less traveled to reveal a clever recipe of psychedelic pop spiced with delectable cabaret jazz and episodic alt-country.

Kay Kay & His Weathered Underground – “Worlds Entire” by performermag

Introducing spurs a variety of images and impressions. The flow of the record tantalizes and is like a dynamite fuse – it starts off slow and easy with fantastical opener “Sweet Strange Dreams,” but each track that follows gets more furious and excited, leading up to some big explosions. Songs like “Oh Motherfuckers” and “Country House in the Heart of the City” are melodious carousels, offering rides to a jazz soaked street in New Orleans, or to the city busker streets invaded by dirty tourists. The closing track, “My Friends All Passed Out,” is not some rambunctious detonation finale, but it is the most carnal track. Violins surrender and open the path to the rainy circus with a sunny chorus and orchestration, led with Tom Waits-esque rabble-rouser vocals. Sure, bands like Animal Collective could achieve this type of art and style, but Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground nailed it, and got it here first. (Suburban Home Records)

Produced by Phillip A. Peterson, Kirk Huffman and Kyle O’Quin

Mixed by John Goodmanson

www.kaykayandhisweatheredunderground.com

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