Look Blue Go Purple: Compilation (1991)
Compilation combines the band's three EPs, released between '85 and '88. (A later collection, Still Bewitched, reprised those tracks and added some live cuts.)
Much of this is more atmospheric than hooky, a backdrop of mellow, folky indie rock, though a few tunes stand out. "Cactus Cat" is as close as they came to a pop song, infectious and sweet and just a bang-up lovable tune; quite simply, it's one of the best Flying Nun tracks of the era. Likewise, "I Don't Want You Anyway," for all it's bad break-up pointedness, is a winning little ditty. And "Grace" is buoyant and lovely. Others, like "Circumspect Penelope," strike a similar tone as, say, the Bats' "North by North," understated psychedelic garage rock with the droning moodiness offset by the engaging harmonies; while they occasionally invoke tribal-sounding post-punk pioneers like the Slits (i.e. on "Hiawatha").
If you're a fan of Kiwi rock but haven't checked out Look Blue Go Purple, you're missing out; give 'em a spin.
Here's the video for "Cactus Cat":