Art School Girlfriend is pleased to announce a brand new release with the arrival of ‘Is It Light Where You Are (1-800 Girls remix)’, released 1st July through Fiction Records.
Rising London based DJ / producer 1-800 Girls aka Jake Stewart adds subtle hints of acid over deep, rolling garage influenced beats to Art School Girlfriend’s original production ‘Is It Light Where You Are’, lifted from the forthcoming remix album, ‘Is It Dark Where You Are’; an alternative approach on Polly’s debut record released last year and includes remixes by Baltra, Porij, Giulia Tess, Tony Njoko and many more.
Polly explains: “1-800 Girls and I are big admirers of each other’s music, so he was one of the first people I thought of to do a remix for this album. I always play his tracks on my Foundation FM radio show, and he recently invited me to do a guest mix on his monthly slot on Balamii. He makes such danceable music and has applied his beat magic to 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. Throughout the record, Mackey showcases her ability at translating emotion through sound design. 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.
Duality between light and dark being a central theme of the album, she builds tranquil landscapes before crushing them in sound; a constant push-pull in dynamics gives the album a charging momentum over 10 tracks. 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.”
The album headline tour saw Art School Girlfriend headline a packed-out Village Underground in September of last year. Outside of her own artist project, Mackey also lent vocals to Ghostpoet’s album ‘I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep’ and score work such as the BFI’s Shy Radicals film.
About Art School Girlfriend:
At 18, Mackey co-founded the Welsh shoegaze outfit Deaf Club which brought her from her hometown of Wrexham, North Wales to London. The band would go on to sign with Domino Publishing and release EPs via the Transgressive imprint Kissability before disbanding in 2014. Relocating at first to Peckham, Mackey switched her focus towards her solo work — a more electronic, emotionally-driven project called Art School Girlfriend and her debut ‘Measures’ EP, released on Paul Epworth’s Wolf Tone label. Tired of London and seeking a more sustainable living situation, she moved again with her then girlfriend to Margate to open a book shop, Spine Books. Living and working in Margate and its rich creative community, alongside artists like Ghostpoet and Tom Furse of The Horrors, Mackey would pen her acclaimed ‘Into The Blue Hour’ EP; inspired by life’s new, slower pace, pale pink sunsets and dawn beach walks with her dog Captain. Lauded by press like DIY, CLASH Magazine, i-D and London In Stereo, the EP cemented her status as a bold new presence in British music. Following the EP release, Mackey would go on a headline UK tour before joining The Japanese House on her US tour, ending in June 2019More touring and international festival dates followed, as well as dates in Europe and the UK alongside the likes of Marika Hackman, Orlando Weeks and IDER. The debut album ‘Is It Light Where You Are’ was released on 10th September 2021 on Fiction Records, and saw Mackey and her band play to packed out rooms across the UK.
Is It Light Where You Are (1-800 Girls Remix) / 1st July
Tracklist: 1 In The Middle Baltra 2 Eyes On You Porij 3 Good As I Wanted Giulia Tess 4 Give Grove 5 Is It Light Where You Are 1-800 GIRLS 6 Softer Side Casually Here 7 Low Light Julia Sophie 8 Helm Tony Njoku 9 Colour Me Blankson 10 Bored Of Myself Lynks