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Vazz

Your Lungs And Your Tongue

“Glasgow was full of Postcard-era bands with giant fringes, checked shirts, and jangly guitars. You couldn’t walk down Sauchiehall Street without bumping into a three minute pop song.”—Hugh Small

The Sound of Young Scotland was a cheeky take on Motown’s bold proclamation of the 1960s. Centered around bands like Orange Juice, Josef K, and Aztec Camera, the scene had begun to fray by the time Hugh Small and Anna Howson arrived in 1981. Armed with a drum machine, guitar, bass, and Howson’s icy cooing, Vazz operated at the perimeter of the Scottish indieground, instead channeling the Euro sensibilities found on Crepuscule and the goth-y-er side of 4AD.

“It was just a nonsense word I made up,” Small said of the band’s four letter name. “I always liked the letters V and Z.” The bulk of the duo’s discography appeared on Robert King’s industrial-adjacent Cathexis imprint, including 1985’s ethereal “Breath,” 1986’s mini album Your Lungs and Your Tongues in 1986, and the “Pearls” and “Feverpitch” singles a year later. The couple splintered in ’87, with Small heading east to Edinburgh and Howson south to London. They haven’t seen each other since.

Numero has collected the nine Cathexis recordings as an expanded “mini album,” a late, but worthy addition to the Sound of Young Scotland.