Alfie Templeman Debuts “Leaving Today”

Alfie Templeman Debuts "Leaving Today" The track is off the singer/songwriter's forthcoming release Mellow Moon, available May 27. 2022
Alfie Templeman drops new single "Leaving Today"

Alfie Templeman will release his debut album, Mellow Moon, on May 27 via Chess Club Records/AWAL. Today he shares the album’s “Leaving Today” which was co-produced with Tom McFarland (Jungle) and notes “‘Leaving Today’ was written about what it would be like to go on tour again after so long. Getting far away from home and sitting in that van for hours thinking about all the small things you never realised you missed so much. It’s the first song I’ve played Cello on, I tried to layer up multiple different parts as if it was a mini orchestra of terrible cello players! Tom was super encouraging with the Cello stuff, and he added some really gorgeous production, all the oohs you hear at the start are him.”

When Alfie Templeman started to work on his long-awaited debut album in early 2020 he could never have predicted the turbulent path that lay ahead for both him personally and the rest of the world. Two years later he emerged with Mellow Moon; an album that feels like something of a miracle, landing somewhere between an otherworldly trip and a joy-filled ode to life back on earth. As Alfie, himself, puts it; “It feels like I’m on a different planet. I’ve gone somewhere new and I’m discovering fire for the first time.”

Alfie Templeman began the earliest period of the pandemic shielding due to a respiratory issue first identified in childhood. Having found himself feeling “very low” he sought help and began taking antidepressants as he attempted to deal with his anxiety. Alfie hasn’t spoken much about his mental health in the past but felt that to ignore such a significant moment in his life, finally seeking help for the anxiety he’d contended with his whole life, would be hiding something of himself. “I think people assume that I’m this easy, outgoing person but there’s actually a lot more layers to me and this record shows that,” he says. “Writing songs like ‘Broken’, ‘Take Some Time Away’ and ‘Mellow Moon’ were like therapy. It was me asking ‘What’s wrong with me?’ and ‘How am I going to get better?’ Just figuring things out in real time. I had therapy but there were still things unresolved in my mind. So I turned to music for the answers.”

It was only by embracing honesty and moving past the fear of failure that one of the U.K.’s most exciting and distinctive new songwriters could move forwards. “I’m being really open for the first time about where I’m at mentally. Overcoming that felt life changing.” He was also able to call on regular collaborators Tom McFarland (Jungle), Justin Young (The Vaccines), Will Bloomfield, and Rob Milton.

Inspired by modern influences like Steve Lacy, Khruangbin and Leon Bridges, as well as Alfie’s constant cosmic guide Todd Rundgren, Mellow Moon flows with an ease that belies its difficult creation. Acting as both an intimate diary entry and a communal call to arms, Mellow Moon is Alfie’s most complete work to date and a platform from which he will surely use to propel himself further into the stratosphere. If ever proof were needed that music is a salvation or a transportative force, this is it.

Alfie Templeman
Mello Moon
tracklisting

1. A Western
2. You’re A Liar
3. Broken
4. Folding Mountains
5. 3D Feelings
6. Candyfloss
7. Best Feeling
8. Do It
9. Colour Me Blue
10. Galaxy
11. Leaving Today
12. Take Some Time Away
13. Mellow Moon
14. Just Below The Above

Alfie Templeman 2022 Tour Dates

May 1 | Sound City Festival, Liverpool UK
May 7 | Are You Listening?, Reading UK
May 13 | The Great Escape, Brighton UK
May 26 | Banquet Records, London (instore) UK
May 28 | Dot To Dot, Bristol UK
May 29 | Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Coventry UK
May 29 | Dot To Dot, Nottingham UK
May 30 | Phase 1, Liverpool (instore) UK
May 31 | Crash Records, Leeds (instore) UK
Jun 1 | Rough Trade East, London (instore) UK
Jun 2 | Vinilo Records, Southampton (instore) UK
Jun 4 | Live At Leeds In The Park, Leeds UK
Jun 9 | AEC Theatre, Adelaide AUS*
Jun 10 | John Cain Arena, Melbourne AUS*
Jun 11 | Hordern Pavilion, Sydney AUS*
Jun 14 | Oxford Art Factory, Sydney AUS
Jun 15 | UC Refectory, Canberra AUS*
Jun 16 | Howler, Melbourne AUS
Jun 17 | Riverstage, Brisbane AUS*
Jul 6 | Mad Cool Festival, Madrid ES
Jul 10 | TRNSMT, Glasgow UK
Jul 16 | Community Festival, London UK
Jul 23 | Tramlines Festival, Sheffield UK
Jul 24 | Truck Festival, Steventon UK
Jul 28 | Kendall Calling Festival, Penrith UK
Jul 30 | Y Not Festival, Derbyshire UK
Aug 6 | Bingley Weekender, Bradford UK
Aug 12 | Sziget Festival, Budapest HU
Aug 14 | 110 Above Festival, Atherstone UK
Aug 28 | Victorious Festival, Southsea UK

*supporting The Wombats

Pre-Order Mellow Moon by Alfie Templeman HERE