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  • Writer's pictureLaura Barrett

TM Breakthrough - Vol. 16

Set phasers to stun: it's time for another round-up of freshest up-and-comers on the Townsend Music platform. From dream-pop to alt-rock, lend your eyes and ears to five acts whose time to shine just happens to be right... about... now!


Blue Violet - Late Night Calls

For Fans Of: Fleetwood Mac, Slowdive

Blue Violet is an Anglo-Scottish alternative pop duo formed by Sarah and Sam Gotley. The duo has just announced their debut album Late Night Calls, produced by their regular collaborator Rob Ellis, (PJ Harvey, Bat For Lashes) due for release on 29th April. They have already received support from the likes of BBC 6 Music's Steve Lamacq who described them as "a cocktail of Iain Banks and Jane Austen."

The latest single 'Rabbit Hole', described by Vinyl Chapters as "a hypnotic gem of wistful pop", is a raw ballad that deals with themes of addiction, self-destructive cycles and the powerlessness that comes with watching a loved one go through a hard time.

"To me this song is about protection. Whether that's protection of self or protection of others." - Sarah Gotley, Blue Violet

Pre-order Late Night Calls on limited edition heavyweight vinyl alongside signed artwork print and signed cd from the Official Store.


Jack Flanagan - Rides The Sky

For Fans Of: Mystery Jets, Bastille

Mystery Jets' bassist and vocalist Jack Flanagan has revealed details of his solo project and debut album Rides The Sky. The album is a magical coming-of-age record consisting of twelve tracks, written over the last decade.

The lead single 'Sykhorse X Skyhorse' serves as the first introduction to Jack's solo work. The ethereal, dream-like song took Jack years to reach its final form, "I wanted to try and construct a song that took you to as many different places as possible within three minutes."

Rides The Skit is available on Clear Vinyl, Black Vinyl and CD from the Modern Sky Store.


Hot Milk - The King And Queen Of Gasoline

FFO: Pale Waves, Boston Manor

Following last year's celebrated I Just Wanna Know What Happens When I'm Dead Manchester pop-punk duo Han Mee and Jim Shaw AKA Hot Milk are back with a brand-new EP: The King And Queen Of Gasoline. Speaking about the upcoming EP, vocalist/guitarist Jim says, “we wanted to personify this feeling of oppression and give it a face, the bunny cult you’ll see visually throughout the record gives us something to rage at.”

Lead single 'Bad Influence' provides a sweet-toothed taster of the music to come and a response to a portrayal that Han has contended with all her life: “we’ve been told we’ve been a bad influence since we were kids, so u know what, maybe we are? but it’s only coz we have a thirst for life n go against the traditional.”

We know where we’re going and what we want and it’s to be open, happy and live fast n free.” - Jim Shaw

The King And Queen Of Gasoline is available to pre-order now on White Vinyl, Red Vinyl and CD with all orders including an exclusive signed print while stocks last.


Fergus - Love Upside Down

FFO: Bon Iver, Laura Marling

London-based singer-songwriter Fergus is set to release his debut album Love Upside Down, forged via his long-term musical partnership with Jake Gosling (Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga). The musician spent his formative years singing and touring professionally with choirs and playing the cello with orchestras.

Fergus has received critical acclaim from the likes of BBC Radio 1, 6 Music, Radio X, HUNGER, Wonderland, Songwriting Magazine, WTHB, TMR And Hidden Herd and collectively his songs have amassed over 1 million streams on Spotify alone.

CLASH Magazine has described his single 'Dear Heart' as "s" with Atwood Magazine describing it as "solemn, bittersweet and beautiful".

Love Upside Down is available CD and Vinyl signed by Fergus, with the White Vinyl edition exclusive to the Fergus Official Store.


Sick Joy - We're All Gonna F***ing Die

FFO: Airways, Tigercub

Brighton-based three-piece Sick Joy is on the cusp of releasing their cheekily-titled debut album We're All Gonna F***ing Die, set for release this July.

The band's thunderous new single 'i've got more than i need (and i don't have much)' is the ideal gateway drug into Sick Joy's world. Speaking on the track, lead singer and guitarist Mylk Barton explains, "It came from a feeling of exasperation towards trying to process some things from my past that I’d been dealing with in damaging ways and realising it."

Pick up We're All Gonna F***ing Die on White Vinyl and CD alongside band merchandise on the Sick Joy Official Store.



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