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A suave and naif sliver of Scottish new wave from the mid-‘80s resurfaces via the National Library of Scotland’s Sound and Moving Image Archive as the first endeavour of Glasgow’s Seated Records
Sharing the untold or at least overlooked story of Kevin Low & Fiona Carlin - erstwhile members of post-punk indie band The Wild Indians - ‘The Gayfield Enterprise - Demo Tapes From 1986’ gives wings to their archival tranche of Yamaha DX-100 synth and RX-5 drum machine-crafted songs for the first time.
They came about when the pair’s previous band The Wild Indians disbanded, and the pair traded their 7” record collection and instruments for shinier new boxes, funnily enough making use of Maggot Th*tcher’s “Enterprise Allowance Scheme”, a policy that provided dole claimants with an extra £40 to pursue business projects, and would be ironically help catalyse the early rave era, too. Back to Low & Carlin though, and their music speaks to a sort of new aged positivity that maybe was in the air back then, in the unusual year of 1986 which would, with hindsight, bridge the era of synths and the advent of home computing that spawned a wave of new dance music in Europe.
‘The Gayfield Enterprise - Demo Tapes From 1986’ sit strangely in the gap between eras, giving an brace of elegiac toned ballads and discoid new wave making canny use of their machines’ sequencing capabilities, but not quite gridlocked to trackers, sporting big highlights in the sparkling proto-house kink of ‘Kylie’, and channelling Alison Moyet via Vazz in the tropical synth-pop of ‘Lonely When You Go, plus a natty electro groove ‘Hooch Coochie’ named after the Edinburgh club they frequented and played at.