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TM Breakthrough Vol. 26

As the summer bids us farewell, Townsend Music has a host of new artists with highly-anticipated debut releases for your autumnal listening pleasure. From indie singer-songwriters and dynamic synth-pop to unapologetic rock n roll, this is TM Breakthrough 26.


Dylan John Thomas - Self-Titled

For Fans Of: Gerry Cinnamon, DMA's, Jamie Webster

Glaswegian singer-songwriter Dylan John Thomas is tipped to be Scotland's next biggest breakout star. Since becoming the fastest debut artist to sell out the iconic King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in 2019, Dylan has been on the up with support slots for both Gallagher brothers and more recently three sold-out shows at Barrowlands. His self-titled debut album is set for release on 26th January on Ignition Records.

Growing up in Glasgow's care system, Thomas was gifted an acoustic guitar by a carer who ran an arts centre. Learning Johnny Cash's 'Ring Of Fire' as his first song, Dylan attended Open Mics and was introduced to local musician and organiser Gerry Cinnamon. Under Gerry's mentorship, Dylan released his first EP over lockdown with his second coming last year. Now comes his album which includes fan favourites 'Jenna' & 'Fever' plus recently released 'Yesterday Is Gone'.

It's not just about talking about issues, it’s about doing it in a way where you can talk about what happened poetically and in a way where it doesn’t come across as ‘poor me’, and that was important to me.” - Dylan John Thomas

Dylan John Thomas can be pre-ordered on the Official Dylan John Thomas Store, available on Signed White Vinyl and CD, with all bundles including a Signed Lyric Sheet.


The K's - I Wonder If The World Knows?

For Fans Of: The Reytons, The Sherlocks

After a busy 12 months on the main stages at Isle of Wight and Neighbourhood festivals, along with support slots for Liam Gallagher, James and Blondie, The K's are about to release their debut album I Wonder If The World Knows? The debut album comes on top of the already-announced live album Live At Lafayette to give you a flavour of what all the fuss is about.

The Warrington band made a name for themselves with their debut single 'Sarajevo' hitting 4 million streams. Their most recent single 'Hoping Maybe' became a phone-lights-on live anthem that reached number 2 on the iTunes chart. Their debut album will be released in early 2024 on thriving Manchester indie LAB Records.

"We’ve put our heart and soul into making the perfect record and we can’t wait for you to hear it" - The K's

I Wonder If The World Knows? is available to pre-order from The K's Official Store on Coloured Vinyl with Signed Prints available with all formats.



For Fans Of: Peter Doherty, Fat White Family

PREGOBLIN, the new synth-pop project of Jessica Winter and Fat White Family collaborator Alex Sebley is set to release their debut album PREGOBLIN II in January next year. PREGOBLIN II, recorded in Brighton and Margate, includes featured artists Peter Doherty, Armand Schaubroeck and Erin Lawrie.

The latest single 'Big Hitters’ features a guest appearance from American rock musician and radio host Armand Schaubroeck. Discussing the motivation behind the song, Sebley explained that it is reflective of the darker side of the music business and looks to help those who have experienced it firsthand feel seen.

"It’s a song for all those who have had a bitter experience of the music industry. Theft, desperation, nepotism and other people" - Alex Sebley

Visit the Official PREGOBLIN Store to pre-order the upcoming album on CD and Coloured Vinyl editions, including an Embossed Print.


Wings Of Desire - Life Is Infinite

For Fans Of: New Order, Everything Everything

Named from the Wim Wenders film, Wings of Desire - AKA James Taylor and Chloe Little - announce debut anthology release Life Is Infinite, collecting together the formative tracks of their opening era. Operating at the intersection between pensive reflection and brash catharsis, Wings of Desire’s gritty dream-pop aims to resolve on a life-affirming beat, born out of questions that may never be answered. The UK duo's compilation will be released on 8th December.

James and Chloe draw inspiration from the seminal music of early noughties NYC, Factory Records and Krautrock, as well as the philosophies of 20th-century thinkers and futurists such as Alan Watts, Noam Chomsky and Wim Wenders.

"Surrendering to yourself can be one of the most difficult things to achieve." - Wings Of Desire

Pre-order Life Is Infinite on Limited, Signed and Numbered Cassette on the Official Wings Of Desire Store.


Mackenzy Mackay - Don't Wait Up

For Fans Of: Tom Grennan, Dermot Kennedy

London-based singer-songwriter Mackenzy Mackay's debut EP Don't Wait Up reaches its one-year anniversary and in celebration comes this Yellow & Red Splatter Vinyl. Mackay decided to switch things up while finishing his new music by leaving his home in the UK to venture over to New Zealand to leave behind the fast-paced city life and find focus.

Venturing out there in 2019 initially to travel and explore, he ended up staying for 23 months due to varying lockdown restrictions. This time in New Zealand allowed him to re-group, take inspiration from his surroundings and turn the demos he had been playing around with into something that feels authentically Mack.

"With Don’t Wait Up, Mackay feels like a Pop curator, taking influence from a wide range of genres, styles and sounds." - The Perfect Tempo

Pre-order the Don't Wait Up Limited Edition Anniversary Yellow & Red Splatter Vinyl and a range of merchandise on the Official Mackenzy Mackay Store.



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