FFO: prodigious english singer-songwriter alfie templeman
If one thing is certain in this completely undetermined life, it's that Alfie Templeman is one of the most talented musicians around right now. He's so far above rising; he's already making music among the stars. I've only recently gotten into him (shame on me) after "Obvious Guy" came on a Spotify daily mix and I found myself reaching for it, specifically every time I got in my car, and I thought to myself, "Why am I not sampling everything else he's released as well?"
The rest, as they say, is history.
I think it's safe to say that the one thing that surprises everyone about Alfie when they first learn of it is his age. It's like, how can one teenager be talented enough to do everything he's capable of? But on the other hand, I don't think talent has everything to do with it (though he is very talented indeed). Alfie started experimenting with music a decade ago, at age seven asking his musically-inclined dad for drum lessons, then teaching himself guitar, bass, and production just five years later, so clearly, he works very hard to be as good as he is. And now that high school is in his rearview, he can focus entirely on the massive career he has waiting ahead of him.
With every release, it's becoming more and more clear that Alfie's figuring out who he is and what music he likes to make. Though his first couple of releases were strictly indie, these latest EPs, especially Happiness in Liquid Form, show us that Alfie's growing and changing so much as an artist, learning more with every release. It's also immensely clear that he writes straight from the heart, about issues he (and many young people in his generation) face every single day. There's no doubt in my mind that he's destined for worldwide distinction.
He's toured with the likes of Sports Team and Inhaler, cementing himself as a favorite among their fans now, as well. At the end of August, Alfie featured on the new Circa Waves song, "Lemonade," which is extraordinarily good (look, here's my review of the song to prove it). If you're a fan of any of the bands mentioned above, or others like Two Door Cinema Club, Blossoms, and Sundara Karma, you'll love Alfie's music.
He's been teasing new tunes to come in about two weeks, so you'll want to watch Alfie's Twitter and Instagram for more news on that. In the meantime, one of the best ways to jump into his music, in my opinion, is just to dive headfirst and click shuffle, discovering your favorite tracks of his as you go.