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Boomkat Product Review:
Numero kicks of a new series of releases from cult singer-songwriter Margo Guryan with the previously unreleased 1966 cut 'I Ought to Stay Away from You' backed with unexpected TikTok-powered viral hit 'Why do I Cry?'.
Guryan wasn't exactly obscure when she recorded the majority of her music in the 1950s and '60s, but she wasn't interested in playing the industry game, disappearing from view for decades. She was rediscovered in the '90s, when her 'Take a Picture' album changed hands for astronomical sums in Japan - Saint Etienne even covered 'I Don't Intend to Spend Christmas Without You' in 1998. More recently, 'Why Do I Cry?', released on the expanded version of 'Take a Picture', was given a fresh lease of life on TikTok, and while Guryan passed away in 2021, her music has reached an entirely new audience in the meantime.
Numero dig out the archival cut 'I Ought to Stay Away from You', a yé-yé influenced heartmelter, and pair it with 'Wy Do I Cry?' for their first 7" in a proposed set of Guryan releases. It's easy to hear why her sound has found its audience; you can hear its resonance in rafts of exotica reissues and basement finds, but Guryan's sensual bashfulness lends her songs a mood that truly sets her apart from her peers.