Blue Violet are husband and wife duo: Sam & Sarah Gotley. Previously performing under the guise Broken Bones Matilda, the pair put-in noteworthy performances at Glastonbury, Belladrum, Pub in the Park, Carfest and Wilderness festivals to name a few before regrouping to form Blue Violet. 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 their next chapter.
In November 2019, the alternative-pop pairing spent a month at Middle Farm Studios in Devon recording what would become their upcoming debut album with producer Rob Ellis (Anna Calvi, Marianne Faithful, PJ Harvey), with its spoils just beginning to see the light of day this year.
Setting out their stall with a series of sublime cover versions including “A Girl Like You” (Edwyn Collins) and “All I Have To Do Is Dream” (The Everly Brothers), the duo made their mark in 2021 with sublime debut single “Undercover”. Earning ‘track of the week’ on BBC Scotland’s Afternoon Show and praise from BBC Introducing; Blue Violet’s first original music saw them championed as being like the ‘Civil Wars meets the Black Keys’.
Releasing “White Beaches” over the summer, the swelling shoegaze-tipped second single received airplay on BBC 6 Music (Steve Lamacq) and was praised as “a hypnotic gem of wistful pop that creeps out of its shell in a mesmerizing way” (Vinyl Chapters). Inspired by the causes of Greta Thunberg and Surfers for Sewage, it was a timely and universal rallying cry for the protection of our planet.
Showing-off a side indebted to seventies soft-rock masters like Fleetwood Mac and The Mamas & The Papas, the pair rounded-off 2021 with the emphatic “Asylum”, a track that blurred fantasy and poetry as it stepped into the shoes of two protagonists outcast from society for their so-called insanity.
With such singles already proving their talents for mastering diverse themes and complex narratives, fans can expect intricately crafted, genre-crossing songs of beauty and heartbreak, love and salvation when their debut LP ‘Late Night Calls’ arrives in April 2022.