Release Date: Feb 10, 2017
Record label: PIAS
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock
L ondon-based duo Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, AKA Ten Fé, are fresh-faced enough to pull off beards and long hair without looking as if they've been sleeping in an alley, but musically they're indebted to much earlier generations. Madchester and Springsteen have left their mark on Hit the Light, to the point that it's hard to identify what Ten Fé themselves bring to the party. Perhaps it's the deftness with which they blend it all together.
Following the rampant success of The 1975, it's natural that other bands will follow in their wake. London duo Ten Fé, named after the Spanish for "have faith", are front of the queue.Recorded in Berlin, Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan's debut has one eye on the radio-friendly soft rock of The 1975, the other on the on-the-road rock of cult US group The War On Drugs. And generally, it works.
K rautrock, synthpop, gaseous MOR: common enough influences, but London duo Ten Fé rise above the throng by virtue of a strong voice (here, the two strong voices of Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, dual singer-songwriters) and sparkling songcraft. With the aid of M83 and the Rapture producer Ewan Pearson, their debut album embraces a variety of styles within its consistent aesthetic: Make Me Better has an urgent rock pomp, complete with Zeppy strings, while Turn indulges in Hall and Oates atmospherics and Twist Your Arm mines a more Screamadelica vibe. Ten Fé is Spanish for "have faith"; a chance taken on these two would indeed be well rewarded.