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Soft Landing

    Art School Girlfriend, Aka Polly Mackey releases her second album Soft Landing, via Fiction Records. The album is self-described as a series of “small euphorias”, it is an album that finds Mackey shifting her sound towards tactile electronics whilst retaining the floating melodies of her debut.

    With the announcement, Mackey has released one of her strongest tracks to date, titled “Close To The Clouds”, which follows the success of standalone single “A Place To Lie” earlier this year. “Close To The Clouds” is an integral part of Soft Landing, with the central refrain providing the album with its title, and the song unfurling into climbing, arpeggiated synths amidst acid-house indebted drums.

    Soft Landing follows Mackey’s 2020 debut album, Is It Light Where You Are? an album made in the wake of a tumultuous time and released during one. Soft Landing feels like Mackey’s true debut, a record of curiosity and playfulness with songs that sound like they are falling effortlessly into place.


    Barry says: A hypnotic trip through percussion-heavy minimal wave, airy IDM and shoegazing dancefloor electronics, 'Soft Landing' is a wonderfully evocative and beautifully rendered whole, and a huge leap for Mackey from her already stellar debut.


    1. A Place To Lie
    2. Close To The Clouds
    3. Real Life
    4. Waves
    5. Blue Sky Feat. Tony Njoku
    6. The Weeks
    7. Laugh My Head Off
    8. Out There
    9. Heaven Hanging Low
    10. How Do You Do It
    11. Too Bright

    Art School Girlfriend

    Is It Light Where You Are

      ‘Is It Light Where You Are’ is the debut album from Art School Girlfriend, moniker of Welsh producer, multi-instrumental musician and song writer Polly Mackey. Mostly written over a two week period of 14-hour solo studio sessions, the bulk of her album is torn straight from a journal kept throughout 2019. Those pages chronicle the end of a US tour, the tumultuous ending of a six-year relationship and Mackey’s journey back to London from Margate, where she lived and co-owned a book shop with her then girlfriend.

      “The record starts with that feeling of being on the precipice of change,” she explains. “Before deciding to pull everything apart, go through it all and come out the other side.” While the lyrics are autobiographical, the full story can be heard in the album’s sonic relief map. “The main theme is duality between light and dark, lightness and heaviness. The production sort of mimics human emotions: there’s a lot of beauty buried underneath these uncomfortable-to-listen-to sounds.”

      Lyrical abstractness / concrete meaning. Danceability / lying down ability. Minimalism / fullness. Introspective melancholy / playfulness. Lo fi / hi fi. Drug Store Romeos play with the senses and flip the expectations, finding the sweet spot every time. 


      1. In The Middle
      2. Is It Light Where You Are
      3. Softer Side
      4. Give
      5. Low Light
      6. Colour Me
      7. Helm
      8. Good As I Wanted
      9. Bored Of Myself
      10. Eyes On You

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