Track: Even as we speak – Blue Suburban Skies

Out right now as part of the brilliant Optic Nerve Sevens 2.0 reissue series is this rather lovely slice of jangly indie pop from Australia’s Even as we Speak.

After releasing a run of singles in their native Australia on labels such as Phantom and Big Home productions – the latter providing a home for this single in its original form on its release in 1987. Later John Peel would pick up on the singe Goes So Slow which in turn attracted the attention of Sarah Records who went on to release a handful of singles (including a re-release of this, it’s b-side, the first ever recorded cover version of Bizarre Love Triangle and the aforementioned Goes so Slow as the ‘Nothing Ever Happens EP of 1990) and an album.

The track itself ticks all the boxes – the Pastels/Byrds jangle, the boy/girl vocals and a melancholic but shambolically catchy melody, that wipes its winklepicker boots on the carpet of your memory, and indelibly stains it on your memory. And that’s a damn good thing.

Its out now via Optic Nerve, limited to 800 copies in coloured vinyl, complete with a poster and postcard.

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