Where – The Lovell Stage
“Its no coincidence that the name of this band means ‘have faith’”
With two lead singers and songwriters, each with their own distinct voice and songwriting style - and after the long journey the two have been on together - it is perhaps of little surprise that Ten Fe’s debut album ‘Hit The Light’, due out early 2017, is characterised by its diverseness. Each track on ‘Hit The Light’ stands independently, whilst the overall experience is balanced by the accomplished interplay between style and song. Their mix of Americana with darker, driving electronics, and vocal harmonies make the London band a genuinely exciting prospect. With Ewan Pearson’s (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture) production underscoring the forthcoming LP, and its trademark pulsating electronic grooves, Ten Fé have created an album that is fluid and varied.
Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan who share the singer / songwriter role in Ten Fé had this intention from the start. Both had been in bands before where there was a pressure to fit into a scene: one way of playing, or a certain way of looking, which felt unnaturally and unnecessarily laboured. Consequently, Ten Fé focuses on the song itself; with style serving song rather than the reverse. The few singles released so far on SOME KINDA LOVE / [PIAS] have shown the band’s contrasting sides. Make Me Better had a Northern swagger and epic, melancholic strings, In The Air was a driving slice of Americana, Elodie an alt-pop gem and Turn a sizzling, soulful groover.
‘Hit The Light’ comes following this run of acclaimed singles that has seen the band lauded by tastemakers, from Lauren Laverne and Huw Stephens to NME and Noisey. There is a surging online momentum behind the band, who have been no. 1 Hype Machine and amassed over 7 million Spotify plays across their early singles, and have gathered a legion of fans of those who have witnessed their visceral live shows.