One of the great forgotten bands of the ‘80s indie scene, East Village, were formed by Buckinghamshire brothers Martin and Paul Kelly. Cubans In The Bluefields was their debut EP. The standout track of the three on offer is Strawberry Window, one of the most perfect slices of indie jangle pop you’ll ever hear. Blue coloured vinyl 7”, limited to 500 copies on Optic Nerve.
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Blue vinyl reissue 7" on Optic Nerve. Edition of 500 copies incl. postcard.
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- Cubans In The Bluefields by East Village
I spent an age recently looking for the East Village song I really like. It's called 'Vibrato' and it's not on this EP but look it up on YouTube - it's great. East Village were a lovely tuneful indie pop band from the mid 80s who liked strummy guitars and harmonies. Pleasant laid back stuff and a little more 'mature' that a lot of the indie - pop bands of the day who sang about lollipops etc. You can bet your life though that this lot wore stripey shirts and listened to the Byrds a lot.
This is a re-issue of their debut three track EP and it's full of delicious, autumnal guitar music. At this stage they had the chiming sound if not the songs down pat. It's like a cushion on the ears but the smart songwriting that they showed on their 'Drop Out' LP was yet to materialise. Excitingly the small print on the 7" suggests there's a further LP re-issue due on Slumberland later in the year, news which warms my indie heart.
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