The best part of listening to thousands of submissions and suggestions from all over the map is that when a gem actually surfaces, you can see the highlights shimmering that much more clearly. In accordance with this thought, I’m completely blown away by the recently-acquired Seattle band Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground’s self-titled debut, and I needed to tell someone.
Kay Kay & co. have produced a modern psychedelic pop masterpiece: a diamond which is neither over nor under polished, a rare and precious offering full of inventively original works without an ounce of filler, each of which pays tasteful homage to bands like The Beatles, XTC, Queen and Jon Brion. There are soaring horn sections, lush string arrangements, Ringofied drum progressions driving grandiose pop songs. If you like any of the aforementioned artists, I am confident that like us, this album will end up on your 2008 short list of favorite albums. Band members Kirk Huffman, Kyle O’Quin, and Philip Peterson are three names we plan on getting to know and remembering here at Loudersoft.
The Pacific Northwest, though mostly famous for it’s ’90s rock sound, has been a hotbed for great pop music for decades — everything from Young Fresh Fellows to The Posies, Super Deluxe, Tubetop, Sister Psychic, and any number of delightful acts before, after and in-between. Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground are not just a welcome addition to that legacy, they’re a a glimmer of hope in pop music, an unsullied group of lads whose gift is wrapped neatly and perfectly, giving us a window into fresh creative possibilities pop music.
Listen to Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground – “Hey Momma”
Listen to Kay Kay and his Weathered Underground – “Santa Cruz Lined Pockets”
You can buy downloads from Amazon by clicking here, and it’s well worth the 0.99 a song., or you can pre-order this gorgeous album on vinyl from Vinyl Collective in a multitude of colors of vinyl by clicking here. The limited edition colors available are —
200 on Rainbow Transparent vinyl
300 on Rainbow Milk vinyl
500 on Orange with Red speckles
Your purchase will enter you to win a test pressing. Test Pressing winner will be announce around the middle of March when the records should start shipping.