Review: Ten Fé — Hit The Light

Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, better known as pop duo Ten Fé, met busking on the London tube and eventually found their way to Berlin where they recorded their debut album Hit The Light with Ewan Pearson (Jagwar Ma, M83, The Rapture), out February 3rd.

With most of its tracks already released, Hit The Light comes with little surprises but rather feels like a best of singles compilation already. Make Me Better or In The Air go back almost two years but haven’t lost their momentum along the way. Out of the unheard tracks, Burst is one of the few more guitar driven upbeat tunes on Ten Fé’s first record and is a true gem.

The band’s name is Spanish for “Have faith” and it feels like Hit The Light is indeed all about not giving up and letting lover overflow again (Overflow) although it is often won and lost (Turn, Elodie). Taking turns on lead vocals, Ben and Leo not only lend the 11 tracks harmony but credibility. Ballads such as Turn or Elodie are driven by Ben’s baritone, while Leo takes over on upbeat tracks such as Overflow, In The Air or Burst.

Ten Fé — Overflow

Elodie is the album’s centre piece. While I enjoyed previous singles Make Me Better and In The Air, Elodie had me fall in love with Ten Fé. According to the band, it was inspired by film noir characters, deeply romantic but also distant at the same time.

Elodie truly is all that, with Ben lending it his mellow baritone to narrate a fictional conversation between two lovers. Fusing keyboards and guitars, Elodie is a nod to 80s soft rock. It’s these Americana moments, seemingly made for long drives at night, that let Hit The Light shine.

Ten Fé — Elodie

With both members writing and singing, Ten Fé fuse many different influences creating a diverse and fresh sound. Hit The Light is the result of a long journey for Leo and Ben but it’s only the beginning for Ten Fé.

Hit The Light will be available through SOME KINDA LOVE / [PIAS] on CD, Digital and the LP version is a double vinyl LP on February 3rd.

4/5


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Originally published at Indie is not a genre.