Radiosoul by Alfie Templeman album review by David Saxum for Northern Transmissions. The UK multi-artist's LP is out today via Chess Club



Alfie Templeman

Alfie Templeman’s sophomore album is a masterful exploration of psychedelic pop that transcends genres and eras. This record delves into profound themes such as mental health and self-discovery, set against a backdrop of distorted guitar solos, intricate keyboard arrangements, and exquisite production from a stellar lineup of collaborators.

One of the album’s most remarkable aspects is its diversity. Each track presents a distinct atmosphere, demonstrating Templeman’s versatility and depth as a musician. “Eyes Wide Shut” captivates with its infectious 80’s-inspired funky groove, compelling listeners to sing along. “Vultures” skillfully bridges 80’s psychedelic pop with modern indie elements, while “Run To Tomorrow” offers a more intimate and reflective experience. This mix ensures the album caters to a wide audience, underscoring Templeman’s multifaceted abilities.

Top notch production quality is heard throughout the album, with each song exhibiting a unique character and dynamic presence. “Hello Lonely” highlights this, featuring Templeman’s clear vocals layered over evolving synthesizers that gradually adopt a distorted quality, reminiscent of Phoenix’s 2009 album “Wolfgang Amadeus”. This track, among others, illustrates how the production enriches the music, adding layers of complexity and texture.

Recorded over five months primarily in South London, the album benefits from contributions by a host of renowned collaborators. Guitar legend Nile Rodgers, celebrated producer Dan Carey (noted for his work with Wet Leg and Fontaines D.C.), Oscar Scheller (who has collaborated with Arlo Parks and Charli XCX), and Charlie J Perry (producer for Jorja Smith and BTS) all play pivotal roles in crafting the album’s rich soundscape. Additional input from Karma Kid, Will Bloomfield, Justin Young, and Josh Scarbrow further enhances the project, resulting in a truly collaborative triumph.

Templeman’s artistic journey from a small farm to international stages is intricately woven into the fabric of the album, reflecting his significant growth as a musician. This personal touch, combined with introspective themes set against high-energy music, creates a compelling narrative throughout the record. The album seamlessly blends elements of 2010’s indie, 80’s pop psychedelia, and 90’s distorted guitars, showcasing Templeman’s ability to merge genres.

The album’s concluding message, “Breathe in, you’ll be okay,” encapsulates its essence—a comforting reminder amidst the introspective exploration. Alfie Templeman’s latest release is a testament to his evolving artistry, offering a diverse array of sounds and exceptional production that will undoubtedly resonate with listeners and leave them eagerly anticipating his next endeavor.

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