Alfie Templeman has shared his brand new track ‘Shady’ and there’s a distinct feeling of the summer we lost still hanging in the air. A season of fun and frolics lost to global pandemic can sometimes leave an audience feeling petulant at ‘what could have been’. But as a new year approaches and the hints of a vaccine grow stronger by the day, the release of Templeman’s song about “enjoying what the present has to offer,” lands at the perfect time.
Templeman has emerged as one of the bedroom pop world’s shiniest gems and this latest single, a collaboration with Jungle’s Tom McFarland is a hint that he may well soon be found in the bedrock of the mainstream. However, while he’s still an indie darling of sorts, there’s no better time to get stuck into his growing canon of work. What better place to start than his latest single?
The singer-songwriter has shared the new single ‘Shady’, following on from the previously released ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’, as part of a whirlwind year. Having shared EP Happiness in Liquid Form in July, Templeman’s summer jams have never really been given the space, sound system and audience they require to be properly enjoyed to their fullest. It’s a shame but not the end of the story.
Instead, Templeman has taken the extra time locked away to continue furiously making music. With each song comes another facet of the artist and ‘Shady’ is another bouncing number. It arrives with hard to miss pop tones and the kind of expert production that someone as esteemed as Jungle’s McFarland affords. Having previously teamed up with Circa Waves for ‘Lemonade’, it’s clear Templeman is in a pocket of creativity that is allowing him to throw some bombs.
The singer said of the new track which arrives with a karaoke visualiser: “It’s about trying to stay true to myself, doing what I wanna do in my life and trying to avoid all the arguments and shady people that come with it. No more negativity, more making sense of the past and enjoying what the present has to offer.”
If pop isn’t your thing, then Templeman’s glossy finish may put you off but trust us, you’d regret it. Not yet given his rightful place as a summer champion, soon enough, when festivals do return and fields are once again full of heaving masses half-cut on cider and cheap beer, Templeman’s music will make far more sense.
For now, just enjoy ‘Shady’ as the pop banger it is and dance in your bedroom like the rest of us.