Alfie Templeman returns with his new single ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ (via Chess Club Records/AWAL). ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ is the first single from the 17 year old from Bedfordshire UK since the release of stellar EP Happiness In Liquid Form in July this year.
Premiering overnight as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record In The World’ on BBC Radio 1 - Templeman’s third consecutive Hottest Record - ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’, with its catchy funk groove and disco rhythms, may sound breezy but the lyrics tell a different story. Templeman elaborates:
“Some days I can’t stop thinking about how short life is and how you only have so much time to spend with the ones you love. Deep, right? Honestly I’ve made so many songs with the titles ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ but this one felt the most meaningful.”
Despite only being 17, ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’ creates a space for Templeman to share some newfound wisdom:
“I’m still way too young to give anyone life advice but this track to me is about how I’ve noticed that the further away you are from your memories, the closer they are to your heart.”
The track’s title carries even more poignancy, given Templeman’s diagnosis of childhood lung disease following a stint in hospital last year. “It doesn’t really bother me, but I’m one of those 'vulnerable to Covid-19' people, so I’ve been shielding since March,” he reveals. “It’s been a long summer!” Until the diagnosis, Templeman and his family thought he had bad asthma. You wouldn’t think he had any sort of condition to hear him – or, indeed, see him onstage. “It can get messy,” he laughs. His gigs, including a sold-out first London headline show at COLOURS in Hoxton earlier this year, are raucous affairs, filled by screaming fans only too happy to catch him whenever he hurls himself offstage. After a string of UK performances in 2019, including his triumphant Radio 1 Introducing Set at Reading and Leeds festival, Templeman is eager to get back to it.