Alfie Templeman – Forever Isn’t Long Enough (Download Free album Zip)
It’s no secret that Alfie Templeman has always had a sneakily experimental side. Each EP that the 18-year-old has released since his 2018’s psych-y ‘Like An Animal’, has embraced his pop curiosity without landing in any one place. 2019’s ‘Sunday Morning Cereal’ and ‘Don’t Go Wasting Time’ were both filled to the brim with distorted acoustic ditties, and on 2020’s ‘Happiness In Liquid Form’, he pivoted to fluorescent, super-sized indie-pop.
On ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’, a self-described ‘mini-album’, Templeman retains the playfulness, colour, and energy of his previous work while deepening a commitment to constantly evolving his sound. After all, the Bedfordshire-born artist has been independently making music in his bedroom since he was 12, and you could guess as much from his almost intuitive approach; this ambitious eight-track project levels up his production skills wonderfully.
There are some genuinely inspiring moments: ‘Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody’ is buoyant and universal, with a taut synth and drum beat foundation that translates to a charming update on the Tears For Fears classic, ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’. Thumping standout ‘Wait, I Lied’ – among Templeman’s catchiest songs – then nods to the looseness of funk. Starting off with a pinched vocal effect and blossoming into a squelching, cowbell-assisted groove; later on, his familiar tone frequently leaps to a springy falsetto.