Is It Light Where You...

Cat No: ASG003

˜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. 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 Mackeys journey back to London from Margate, where she lived and co-owned a book shop with her then girlfriend. The record starts with that feeling of being on the precipice of change, she explains. Before deciding to pull everything apart, go through it all and come out the other side. While the lyrics are autobiographical, the full story can be heard in the albums sonic relief map. The main theme is duality between light and dark, lightness and heaviness. The production sort of mimics human emotions: theres a lot of beauty buried underneath these uncomfortable-to-listen-to sounds.

Polly is also a DJ she has a monthly show on women-led radio station, Foundation FM, plus has been DJ for Anna Calvis London show at Heaven, and opened for Tuner Prize 2019 and at Queer rave, Chapter 10.

Additionally, she is a featured vocalist on 2 tracks on Ghostpoets most recent album, I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep. She has also scored a BFI short film, Shy Radicals.

  1. In The Middle
  2. Is It Light Where You Are
  3. Softer Side
  4. Give
  5. Low Light
  6. Colour Me
  7. Helm
  8. Good As I Wanted
  9. Bored Of Myself
  10. Eyes On You



We’re thrilled to announce an intimate stripped back gig from Art School Girlfriend whose new LP “Is It Light Where You Are” is released the day before on Friday 10th.

📆 Saturday 11th September

⏲ Doors: 2.30 pm for 3 pm start

🎫 Entry is free, but there is Priority entry for album pre-orders (2 per order)


Entry is free & whilst those pre-ordering the album get priority, no purchase necessary. We reserve the right to refuse admission.

In order to protect attendees, the artist & crew and the staff in store, we will require face coverings during the performance & subsequent signing. If you are exempt, please bring proof.

We would request that attendees also take a COVID test no earlier than 24 hours prior & report the result to NHS Test & Trace. Obviously, we ask that you do not attend if positive or you have COVID symptoms etc.

The store will close for a period prior to the event to allow set up.



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