15 year-old Bedfordshire songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Alfie Templeman is sharing his debut single 'Like An Animal'. Templeman grew up in the tiny village of Carlton, where he still lives with his parents, and recorded 'Like An Animal' entirely in his bedroom out of school hours.
The single is taken from Templeman's debut EP - also 'Like An Animal' - which is being released on revered independent label Chess Club: home to MØ and Sundara Karma and renowned for early releases from Wolf Alice, Jungle, and Mumford & Sons.
Explaining the meaning behind 'Like An Animal's down-at-heel yet subtly beautiful message, Templeman said: "It's about a man in a relationship who feels depressed every day of his life, but he can't seem to figure why he's down. His partner doesn't show empathy and support to the way he feels. There's a lack of love and care." But the lilting guitars and swooning vocals draw 'Like An Animal' to a positive conclusion with the song's protagonist moving on and owning his wellbeing.
Alfie Templeman was born in a household blessed with musical talent - his sister is a pianist and plays trumpet, his dad is a zealous collector of guitars with more than twenty instruments scattered around at home - and it was inevitable that the curious young Alfie would ask for drum lessons aged just seven years old, having taken to rock and indie music avidly. Inspired by the rolling countryside around Carlton, the skies that passed across his window at night, and the flowers that would bloom in spring on the village green, Templeman began recording snippets of guitar, bass and drums - but never vocals - which would become his first ever formative demos. It wasn't long before he'd taught himself to use more advanced studio software and in 2016, aged just 13 years-old, he decided to throw himself into bringing to life fully formed tracks - before and after his school classes and shifts helping out on building sites ("I kept having coughing fits the whole time. Never again," he adds). Adding a finishing touch - his elegant, honeyed drawl - these early forays into production have been refined right up to the present day with the release of his debut single and EP of the same name 'Like An Animal'.
Templeman plays every instrument heard on the EP and put together the whole release in his bedroom - a homage to his DIY heroes Kevin Parker and Mac Demarco. The full EP is a tantalising window into the world of a new, young British artist so precociously talented and limitlessly promising. Whether it's opener 'Yellow Flowers', full of wistful guitars and breezy vocals which bring to mind classic '70s songwriters like Harry Nilsson, or the closing track 'Your Voice', which he wrote after devouring CD after CD of '80s hits on a family road trip - each track is layered with sweet instrumentation and imagery belying his tender years.
Alfie Templeman - 'Like An Animal' EP - released on Chess Club.
1. 'Yellow Flowers'
2. 'Like An Animal'
3. 'Tea & Biscuits'
4. 'Pink Lemonade'
5. 'Your Voice'
27 May, 2021
Wolf Alice announced as headliners for Latitude Festival this July. Line up also includes Primary Talent International artists: Alfie Templeman, Beabadoobee, James Vincent McMorrow, Joesef, Just Mustard and Kawala.
29 Mar, 2021
Alfie Templeman, Dizzee Rascal, DMA's, Pale Waves, Sundara Karma, Supergrass, Tom Grennan and The Streets to perform this year's festival.
19 Mar, 2021
More details here: https://alfietempleman.lnk.to/store
07 Jan, 2021
Alfie Templeman, Beabadoobee, Bloxx, Kenny Hoopla featured in the Radio X: Best New Music, Artists and Bands for 2021
Full article here: https://www.radiox.co.uk/features/best-new-music-artists-bands-2021/
08 Dec, 2020
Primary Talent artists Alfie Templeman and Greentea Peng for their inclusion in the BBC Sound of 2021!
15 Jan, 2020
The Eurosonic Noorderslag festival begins today in Groningen, Netherlands and features many artists from the Primary Talent International roster.
Wednesday 15th January
...I SEE RIVERS
Thursday 16th January
...I See Rivers
Friday 17th January
20 Dec, 2019
DIY magazine has announced the results of it's Readers Poll 2019, which features many Primary Talent International artists:
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
...#3: Lana Del Rey 'Norman Fucking Rockwell'
...#8: The Japanese House 'Good At Falling'
SONG OF THE YEAR
...#1: The 1975 'People'
...#4: The 1975 'Frail State Of Mind'
...#7: Talk Show 'Fast & Loud'
BAND OF THE YEAR
...#1: The 1975
BEST PERSON IN (OR OUTSIDE OF) A BAND
...#2: Matty Healy
BEST COVER VERSION
...#1: Lana Del Rey 'Doin' Time'
...#5: Beabadoobee 'Don't You (Forget About Me)'
NEW BAND MOST LIKELY TO BE AMAZING IN 2020
...#2: Talk Show
...#4: Alfie Templeman
BEST VIDEO OF 2019
...#1: The 1975 'People'
BEST LIVE ACT
...#1: The 1975
...#2: Wolf Alice
18 Dec, 2019
The 110 Above festival takes place on Gopsall Hall Farm in Leicestershire from 13th-16th August, and will feature Primary Talent International artists:
...The Pale White
04 Dec, 2019
The new issue of DIY Magazine's 'Class of 2020' features Primary Talent International artists:
05 Nov, 2019
Just Mustard, Alfie Templeman & Sorcha Richardson all receive great live reviews from Camden's 'Mirrors Festival', in the NME.