White Beaches, the new single from anglo-Scottish duo Blue Violet, is a rare beast: it delivers a universal rallying cry for perhaps the most important issue we all face – the protection of our planet from our own worst impulses. Produced by the band’s regular collaborator Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey, Anna Calvi, Marianne Faithful), White Beaches was inspired by Greta Thunberg’s School Strike For Climate movement, as well as the power of Mother Nature herself, with the opening line ‘Are you with her?’ conjuring up images of both. Blue Violet spoke with The Fountain about the response to this track as well as future plans now that things are opening up again.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to White Beaches?

Really great. The idea with the song was to draw attention to the beauty of nature and to say that yes, the world is ours to enjoy, but also ours to protect. We hoped it would open up a dialogue and that listeners of the song would share their experiences of what they are doing to help save the planet and how they feel about what can be such an overwhelming subject at times. We’re very happy with how the song has resonated with people. 

TF: And can you sum up the track in one sentence?

We have something beautiful, let’s hold onto it.

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

At long last we have some gigs in the diary so we will be focussing on our live show…our website now contains a live section again which feels really good, you can visit here for gig info and tickets etc. Other than that there is more new music on the horizon…watch this space.

TF: Where is your favourite venue for playing live, where is the next place you look most forward to gigging?

We love the festival scene in the UK and although it’s not technically a venue I think we’d have to say Glastonbury is top of our list. We also really like playing the Troubadour in London and have a gig there on October 16th, that will be our first gig back with the full band. There are a lot of cool intimate venues like that across London that are always fun to play.