The Much Anticipated Debut Album
Alfie Templeman’s debut full-length release for the British indie-pop artist hits the ground running with “Mellow Moon.” The album features Will Bloomfield, Jungle’s Tom McFarland, Rob Milton, and The Vaccines’ Justin Young’s contributions. Released through Chess Club Records.
Since the release of his 2018 psych-leaning debut EP, ‘Like An Animal,’ he has been in a perpetually transitional state, searching for his own musical freedom and vibe.
Alfie Templeman Debuts “Mellow Moon”
With ‘Broken’, Templeman described it as “a good representation of what’s gone on in the past couple of years and how people my age are feeling.” Templeman started to work on his long-awaited debut album in early 2020. Everyone and himself could never have predicted the rugged path ahead for both him personally and the rest of the world. Life shifted once again as the lockdown was lifting and you could see your friends again, and make plans, it unlocked a sense of liberation in the singer-songwriter.
In an interview with NME Alfie exclusively told them about the theme throughout the album.
Is there a thread that runs through this album?
“There’s a loose concept of going through different stages of mental health but there are also songs where I let loose and just enjoy myself. Those songs still have meaning though, they just provide a break from the intensity of the rest of the record. Nobody wants an album where every song is going to make you have an existential crisis.This album is very much dedicated to people my age, who have all been through the same shit.”
Mental Health and Anxiety: a Theme
That feeling of emerging from the darkness and making sense of troubled times runs through the album Templeman speaks out about how important mental health is. Alfie has previously discussed mental health in his 2020 track ‘My Best Friend‘ which features Jess Eastwood. In a statement about ‘My Best Friend, ‘ Templeman stated that “it’s about depression and sadness being the only thing that’s always there for you as if it’s the only thing that really sticks around and lurks behind everything you do”. Templeman also explained, “it’s as if these feelings are the closest thing to you, like your best friend.”
Filled with equal amounts of sunshine and sadness, this spirit runs through ‘Mellow Moon’. The album rides like a rollercoaster through Templeman’s mind. It jumps from feelings of loss (‘Do It’) and reassurance (the buoyant, mood-lifting ‘Colour Me Blue’). Templeman reminds us all that we are not alone.
Tour For “Mellow Moon”
Templeman kicks off his UK tour in March, with support in the UK from labelmate Pixy. Check out his full tour dates below.
2 – The Cluny, Newcastle
3 – Saint Luke’s, Glasgow
4 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
5 – Gorilla, Manchester
8 – Leadmill, Sheffield
9 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
10 – O2 Institute, Birmingham
11 – Thekla, Bristol
12 – Patterns, Brighton
16 – O2 Shepherds Bush Empire, London
18 – The Academy, Dublin
24 – Le Pop Up!, Paris
25 – YUCA, Cologne
26 – Paradiso, Amsterdam
28 – Ancienne Belgique, Brussels
29 – Molotow, Hamburg
30 – Kantine am Berghain, Berlin
31 – Kranhalle, Munich