Art School Girlfriend is the moniker of Polly Mackey, a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer from Wrexham, North Wales. Her upcoming second EP ‘Into The Blue Hour’ tracks her move from London to a tightly knit creative community in the seaside town of Margate, where she now lives and runs an art bookshop - Spine Books - with her girlfriend. After trading the intrusive city skylines for an endless horizon by the sea, Mackey’s forthcoming music has a new sense of space, depth and introspection. Named after the time where the light is perfect either at dawn or dusk, ‘Into The Blue Hour’ finds her exploring her intent as an artist, her queerness and the feeling of being the only person within a square mile when walking her dog on the beach.
“I’m that type of person that needs a lot of regular change. I have to just throw everything up in the air and see what happens when it lands.” At 18, Polly Mackey moved to London from her hometown of Wrexham. The founder of Welsh shoegaze outfit Deaf Club, Mackey and her bandmates eventually all moved to the capital with hopes of pursuing a full-time career in music. Working in bars and interning at fashion magazines and record labels, Mack
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