Carlton teenager, Alfie Templeman, released his much-anticipated new mini-album on Friday (7 May) to rave reviews from the music press.
The 18-year-old’s latest single ‘Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody’ is currently on the BBC Radio 1 playlist and he’s had four consecutive ‘Hottest Record in the World’ selections on Annie Mac’s Future Sounds show.
Self-taught on 10 different instruments, Alfie has enjoyed a meteoric rise and cemented his place as one of UK indie’s brightest lights.
To coincide with the release, Alfie has shared the music video for the track, ‘Wait, I Lied’, directed by Thomas Davis and spoke to the Bedford Clanger’s Lloyd Lugsden about the past year, Top of the Pops and his favourite Bedford bands…
Bedford Clanger: It’s been an odd year, must’ve been frustrating as you’re just taking off?
Alfie Templeman: Yes it was! There was a lack of inspiration during this time, due to all the limitations. I missed gigging and playing live.
BC: Any pluses to lockdown?
AT: It was a good opportunity to write and record.
BC: Describe your new mini-album…
AT: It’s a simple collection of songs, more straightforward and direct than some previous stuff. It was inspired by 80s pop.
BC: You were on Top of the Pops! How was that?
AT: Surreal! But great to be on something so iconic, something I watched with my parents and grandparents. And it was interesting to get to see how well it was put together
BC: You’ve got some good merch; air fresheners, USB sticks, who comes up with the ideas?
AT: Not me! Thomas Davis, who did some videos and included a puppet character, who was included in the merch. I did come up with the love hearts idea though.
BC: Any bands from the past you’d like to have seen?
AT: Can, plus 70s prog bands like Rush and Yes.
BC: What’s hot on Alfie’s decks? Or playlists…
AT: Sarpa Salpa, Tom Grennan, Don Broco – there are some great Bedford and local bands coming out at the moment!
BC: What have you got planned for the rest of the year, normality pending…?
AT: Touring, including festivals and some headlining slots and a US tour. Plus making more music and hopefully a full-length album
Speaking about the new video Alfie said: “We filmed ‘Wait I Lied’ in a couple of hours. The thing that I love about it is that the whole video was just ideas myself and Thomas came up with on the spot, it’s totally spontaneous, we didn’t plan anything and just went for it.
“I hope people appreciate my amazing dance moves, I think it’ll be my next career if this music thing doesn’t work out.”
Hot on the heels of fellow Bedfordian, Tom Grennan’s headline tour, Alfie is headlining his own tour in Spring 2022, including his biggest show to date at London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire on 16 March.
He is also supporting Declan McKenna in the UK and heading out on a maiden US headline tour, alongside shows with Chloe Moriondo later this year.
The mini-album is the final and most substantial body of work before recording starts on Alfie’s debut album proper.
“I wanted to make a refined and focused pop record – something more widescreen than an EP but more concise than a full-length album – with a feel somewhere between Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ and Tame Impala’s ‘Currents’,” explained Alfie.
“In making ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ I realised that I needed to slow down a little and work on things carefully.
“The songs took anywhere from one day to four months to two years to finish for this record, but I made sure each one was perfect and I’ve never been more proud of how they all came out.”
‘Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody’ premiered on BBC Radio 1 as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record in the World and enjoyed a string of support from the likes of Greg James (who crowned the track his Tune Of The Week), Jack Saunders, Nick Grimshaw, Clara Amfo, Jordan North, and Gemma Bradley.
The single has also seen support from Chris Hawkins at BBC Radio 6 Music, Jo Whiley at BBC Radio 2, Danielle Perry at Absolute Radio, Absolute Radio 20s (where it was playlisted), Amazing Radio and Apple Music 1.
Templeman was included in an amazing run of 2021 tips lists, including the BBC Sound Of 2021, Radio X Great X-Pectations, MTV, Amazon Music, Vevo, The Sun, Sunday Mirror, The Independent, The Telegraph, The Official Charts UK, Wonderland Magazine, Huffington Post, and more.
With an impressive 106k Instagram followers since his first post in 2019, over 1 million monthly Spotify listeners, and a cumulative streaming figure of over 70 million, Alfie Templeman has come a long way since the release of debut track ‘Like An Animal’.
With the album forecast to chart in the Top 40, Alfie told his Instagram followers, “If you live in the UK please buy an album or two if you can! You’re helping an 18-year-old lad from Bedford make history. Thank you xxx”
You can catch Alfie live at Slide Record Shop on 4 August when he will be playing tracks from the mini-album and signing records. Maybe he’ll bring along some of his air freshener merch too…