Deceptively wistful pop delivering a universal rallying cry
White Beaches, the new single from Anglo-Scottish duo Blue Violet, is a rare beast: a gorgeous, hypnotic gem of deceptively wistful pop delivering a universal rallying cry for perhaps the most important issue we all face – the protection of our planet from our own worst impulses.
In November 2019 Anglo-Scottish alt-pop duo Blue Violet spent a month at Middle Farm Studios in Devon recording their debut album with producer Rob Ellis (Anna Calvi, Marianne Faithful, PJ Harvey). Sarah, a Scot with Parisian roots, teamed up with Sam a few years ago and between then and now the duo have lived between London and Sarah’s childhood home in Argyll, where they have been busy writing throughout 2020/21.
This year has seen them begin to release songs from the album, with the first single ‘Undercover’ earning them track of the week on BBC Scotland’s Afternoon Show and praise from BBC Introducing; describing them as ‘Civil Wars meets the Black Keys’. Prior to Blue Violet Sam & Sarah Gotley performed under the guise Broken Bones Matilda, with noteworthy performances at Glastonbury, Belladrum, Pub in the Park, Carfest and Wilderness festivals to name a few.
With a diverse array of lyrical themes on their debut, expect intricately crafted, genre-crossing songwriting, delivered with a raw, beautifully anguished husk.