If you’ve been frequenting this site for the better part of the past year, you may recall that I’ve written about London-based indie duo Ten Fe. With the release of their critically praised single “Make Me Better,” the duo comprised of Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan took the blogosphere by storm for a sound that my fellow critics internationally have described as darkly Romantic and anthemic electronic-based rock. Moorhouse and Duncan closed out 2015 with “In The Air,” a single that paired the duo’s earnest harmonies with a driving, motorik-like groove, layers of shimmering and atmospheric synths and soaring, anthemic hooks.
The duo’s latest single “Turn” is a slow-burning song that gently nods towards R&B and soul as swirling, ambient electronics are paired with shimmering guitar chords and plaintive vocals that express vulnerability within a turn of a phrase, and stuttering drum programming in what may arguably be one of the duo’s most restrained single they’ve released to date. And while being a taste of what the duo’s forthcoming and highly-anticipated full-length debut, which was recorded during a year-long exile in Berlin, the song lyrically speaks about a relationship fraught with bitterness, uncertainties, miscommunications and perceived deceit. Throughout the song, the song’s narrator isn’t quite sure if there’s someone else that has taken his lover’s heart or if his lover is hiding something altogether much worse.