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Interview: Ten Fé

Ten Fé by Eleanor Harwick

Ten Fé by Eleanor Harwick

British five-piece, Ten Fé have announced their second album ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’. It’s due for release on 8 March 2019 via Some Kinda Love/PIAS and is a ambiguous album full of pessimistic and optimistic traits.

We caught up with guys.

1. Describe your sound in three words.

Deep Soul Brothers.

2. How did you all meet?

Leo and I met at a party in North London, began writing and recording together and formed the band. Then Rob and Johnny joined as they were old school friends of Leo’s from Birmingham. When we were looking for a drummer, we were put in touch with Palex by a producer friend of ours, tapped him up, and first time he laid down that sexy Hammond shuffle we knew he was our man.

3. We can’t believe Ten Fé is gearing up to release a second album. Tell us about the process of creating ‘Future Perfect, Present Tense’ and how it differs from your first album?

Yes, we can’t quite believe it either. We thought it would only take a few weeks, but we only finished about month ago.

We began recording in Oslo late last year with a guy called Christian Sprengfelt in his studio there, which was completely run on vintage music gear, and band equipment. It was the first time we’d gone into record as a five piece rather than just as a duo, and we’d had Fleetwood Mac, War on Drugs and the like on heavy rotation, so we were going for a classic ‘band’ sound, dynamic, but also lean, tight and pop.

4. What was it like working with Luke Smith?

We came to Luke when we were already someway down the line with the recordings. It was great because we knew him already from some of those early Fé singles we did together, he was able to get his head into the music straight away, and had strong ideas for how to take the songs forward. It was a really productive few weeks we spent with him in May, just as the summer was beginning, the sun pouring in to the studio all through the afternoon, vibing on the tunes, and just hanging with him was wicked.

5. You are going on a world tour next year. Where are you most excited about visiting?

Excited about all of it. Lots of new places we’ve never been to before both here, in Europe and the States. We’ve got a few dates in the U.S. driving through the south west, places like Denver, and Phoenix, I’m sure no one is looking forward to those drives more than our bass player Rob, who will surely be at the helm.

6. We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to

I’ve been listening to Amen Dunes record for a while now, his grooves, and his songwriting is deep. Westerman – is another recent favourite, from London, well worth checking out. We went to see a guy called Honey Harper play during the summer, he is a country singer from Atlanta but based here in London, very soulful, he will be supporting us out our next London show on the 15thNovember – one more reason to come down.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure, Fleetwood Mac

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kidsun – Keep It To Yourself

kidsun

kidsun (aka Ben Kidson) is a vibrant young electro-pop producer from the UK.

Going against the grain of his peers, kidsun decided he would forge his own musical path, by skipping class to teach himself drums and write music in a similar vain to Sigrid and Twenty One Pilots.

His latest result is ‘Keep It To Yourself’. Listen below.

Sounds like: Twenty One Pilots

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Madge – How To Play

Madge - How To Play

Who is Madge? Well, you’re about to find out. Possibly.

Madge is a DIY-pop project from L.A, who creates candy-licked songs about dark emotional matter. her single ‘How To Play’ is more literal and fun than her usual endeavours, “something simple, repetitive, and literal.”

Sounds like: LCMDF, Annie

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CUB – Obsessed

CUB by Matt Stephens

CUB by Matt Stephens

Wow, we cannot get enough of CUB‘s new single, ‘Obsessed’ featuring Clara Hurtado.

Naturally slotting into the pop and electronic dance realms, Clara’s smooth vocals float between a quirky guitar hook and pounding bass line to create a club-infused pop cocktail.

Sounds like: Jake Alder, Diplo, Mura Masa, Zedd

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Country Line Runner – Wide Eyes

County Line Runner

Country Line Runner writes ballads with heart and meaning.

‘Wide Eyes’ is about that pivotal moment when you realise going back is harder than moving forward. The pain, but also the revelation.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Ten Fe, War On Drugs

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New Spell – Like Water

New Spell

New Spell is an electronic duo comprised of singer-songwriter and trainee therapist, Leanne Kelly, and drummer Jacob Frautschi.

They enjoy using music to heal whilst they discuss topics such as relationship challenges, mental health, and the digital age.

Sounds like: Phantogram, Portishead, Hundred Waters

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Deliah – Infinite

Deliah

Deliah, is the collective name for a group of four musicians and producers from Liverpool and London with a unique and distinctive fusion of cinematic, almost musical sounds, taken from influences within soul, electronica, funk and indie.

Speaking of their new single ‘Infinite’, the band say,

“Infinite: focuses on the next part of the journey – mastering a craft. The time and effort put into creating, and achieving, potential can be lost through a struggle and ambition that can have no definitive end point.Who defines something as ‘good’, or a success? Who defines someone as ‘good’, or a success? When is the artist, or craftsman, finished in this endeavour? And, was the finished product worth the struggle.”

Sounds like: Madonna

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Ten Fé – Single, No Return

Ten Fé

Ten Fé return with a delightful new number called ‘Single, No Return’.

Now a five-piece, this band love touring and being on the road, something which comes across in the swagger of the country-motivated track.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure

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Playlist: Ten Fé

Ten Fé

Ten Fé

It’s no secret that we’ve been huge fans of Ten Fé since the beginning, and their album really is good, so to celebrate, here is a playlist of all their favourite tracks. We’re glad to see Bruce Springsteen makes an appearance too.

Happy Mondays – Wrote for Luck

Kevin Morby – Dorothy

Suicide – Ghost Rider

College – A Real Hero

Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire

Shuggie Otis – Strawberry Letter 23

‘Hit The Light’ is out now via SOME KINDA LOVE / [PIAS]. Order on iTunes here.

Tour Dates

Wed 08 March 2017 Brighton, UK Green Door Store
Thu 09 March 2017 London, UK Oslo
Fri 10 March 2017 Bristol, UK Louisiana
Sat 11 March 2017 Cardiff, UK Clwb Ifor Bach
Sun 12 March 2017 Birmingham, UK Hare & Hounds
Wed 15 March 2017 Liverpool, UK Buyer’s Club
Thu 16 March 2017 Nottingham, UK Bodega
Fri 17 March 2017 Manchester, UK Soup Kitchen
Sat 18 March 2017 Leeds, UK Hedgerow House
Sun 19 March 2017 Glasgow, UK Broadcast
Fri 24 March 2017 Paris, FR Pete The Monkey at Le Pop Up du Label

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure

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Ten Fé – Overflow

Ten Fé - Elodie

Ten Fé

Making our emotions seriously ‘Overflow’, Ten Fé are back with a new track and album announcement.

A song about lost love, this time Ben takes the lead. To be honest, it doesn’t really matter who leads, as these guys seriously know how to tug at our heartstrings regardless.

Recorded in the studio built into the Berlin HQ of Kompakt Records in Berlin with Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), their 11 track LP is due for release on 3 February 2017

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, Night Drive, The Rapture, Jagwar Ma, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure

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Altamina – Under The Black Sea

Altamina

Altamina

Altamina was originally a side project from US-based, Francois Graham and French-Canadian, Marco Gervais of Montreal’s Surface of Atlantic, but it soon developed into a fully-fledged, international band, following the enlistment of Australian, Matt Davis on drums and French-Canadian, Roxanne Miller on bass in 2014.

Sincere lyrics touched with baritone vocals, steady drum beats, and ambient riffs make ‘Under The Black Sea’ a stand out track from an equally as impressive band.

Their album, ‘Tomorrow Morning Will Be Tonight’ is out now.

Sounds like: The National, War On Drugs, Nick Cave, Joy Division, Phoria

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Sekuoia – Lamp In The Dark (Feat. Kill J)

Sekuoia

Sekuoia

Sekuoia teams up with fellow Dane, Kill J for ‘Lamp In The Dark’; a deep-beating electronic track in which Kill J’s falsetto vocals glide in perfectly.

As Sekuoia puts it himself, “the process was one of the most creative things I’ve done. KIll J had some really good input regarding the production, and I had a bit of input towards some vocal aspects. For me, she was the ideal collab”.

It’s out now via Nowadays Records.

Sounds like: Active Child, Grimes, Purity Ring, Keep Shelly in Athens, Monogem, Washed Out, MØ, Tomas Barfod, War on Drugs, Maps, WhoMadeWho, Flume, Lomovolokno, Chet Faker

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Ten Fé – Elodie

Ten Fé - Elodie

Ten Fé – Elodie

The bosses are back in town; romantic indie rock duo, Ten Fé.

Their latest release, ‘Elodie’ is a beautiful and modern love song. As the name suggests, ‘Elodie’ is lyrical and melodious.

Ben and Leo’s vocals play off one another’s throughout the track. As on ‘In The Air’, Ben is on lead vocal once more, narrating in a rich Springsteen baritone a conversation between two lovers.

Written the night before the band left London for Berlin to record with producer Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), it is the first track to be recorded featuring the complete Ten Fé live line-up – with Rob Shipley on bass and Luca Romano on drums.

‘Elodie’ will be released by Bad Life.

Sounds like: Bruce Springsteen, The Rapture, CliffLight, War on Drugs, The Cure

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SWIMM – Beverly Hells

Swimm

Swimm

Los Angeles psych-pop duo, SWIMM, release their aptly named, ‘Beverly Hells’ EP; an eclectic array of diverse, meticulously arranged ethereal rock with huge sweeping guitars, infectious rhythms and arena-ready hooks.

When asked about what the Beverly Hells EP means to them,  Chris Hess (one half of SWIMM, the other member being Adam Winn) had this to say:

“So far our time in LA has been the most wonderfully chaotic time in our lives both personally and creatively. This EP will serve as the first time capsule of our move here.  It makes it really exciting to put it out and see what life it takes on on its own.”

The ‘Beverly Hells’ EP is now on 24West Records.

Tour dates below:

Sounds like: War on Drugs, Kurt Vile, Young Empires, Yellerkin, Bright Light Social Hour, Dr. Dog, The Pixies, Summer Heart

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Sekuoia – Somewhere

The Danish producer, Sekuoia, is back with new track ‘Somewhere’.

Opening with sparse but instantly arresting beats, ‘Somewhere’ slowly eases its way into your psyche; cut and paste vocals interspersed with dream-like guitar lines play against each other. Fusing together neat dancefloor sensibilities with a very human touch, Sekouia injects his music with a hyper romantic quality rarely seen in electronic music.

It is taken from his forthcoming EP, ‘Reset Heart’.

Sounds like: Active Child, Washed Out, MØ, Tomas Barfod, War on Drugs, Maps, WhoMadeWho

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