by Devon Minuto
Following the release of their debut full-length EP, Hit the Light, indie pop duo Ten Fé will play Philly as part of their 2017 North American tour. The band is made up of Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncun, who first met each other at a house party in London, quickly becoming friends after discovering their shared taste in music. The two soon began writing songs together under the name “Fé” and released a single titled “Time” in 2013. The track was critically acclaimed, gaining recognition from large platforms such as BBC 6 Music. After this success, the musicians decided to relocate to Berlin where they would be immersed in a flourishing artistic atmosphere. It was here that the duo changed their name to Ten Fé, marking the beginning of a new era which resulted in their recent release. The new album itself is very diverse, each song has a vibe of its own that is unique from the rest. “Elodie” for example, is heavily piano-centered accompanied by somber vocals; whereas songs like “Twist Your Arm” are synth-based and upbeat in tempo, featuring funky slide guitar licks that are reminiscent of 80’s Prince hits. Ten Fé’s style can be traced back to the music of The Cure and Bruce Springsteen, artists they listened to quite frequently in the process of creating the new record. Their aura has also been compared to The 1975’s, as front-man Ben Moorhouse’s deep, nostalgic voice is similar to Matty Healy’s. Their sound has been positively received by many, such as Noisey, who described it as “wonderful psychedelic guitars and melancholic strings”, and NME, who called it “irresistible”. Make sure to come see Ten Fé play upstairs at WCL on Saturday, June 10th to hear it for yourself!