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Electro-pop-soul à l’immédiateté redoutable.
C’est le premier single de ce jeune groupe londonien, mais déjà, une fée s’est penchée sur le berceau : Luke Smith, producteur par ailleurs de Foals ou Depeche Mode. Et il fallait bien ses tics épiques pour contenir le songwriting exubérant du duo, formé à l’école de la manche dans le métro londonien. Une école d’humilité, voire d’humiliation, qui a donné à l’écriture de Fé son goût du gimmick simple et direct, en une sorte d’electro-pop-soul à l’immédiateté redoutable. Le premier qui ne dodeline pas porte une minerve – ou est sourd comme un pot. - Les Inrockuptibles (France)


Having honed their whip smart harmonic pop writing furiously and busking for ‘£50 notes, drugs, stamps and phone numbers’ on the Tube, London duo Fé have finally stepped into the studio with Foals and Depeche Mode producer, Luke Smith.

‘Time’, like Fé themselves, feels very much like the finished article with hummed vocals from both Leo and Ben, upbeat guitars skipping over a taut kick drum and springy electronics not a world away from Yannis and the boys’ recent, sprawling indie epics.

Fé play their first ever show on 11 September, headlining the Old Blue Last. - Line of Best Fit


After busking in train carriages for years, London duo Fé have hit the studio with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode) and polished off their debut single titled “Time”. On the surface, it reads as a pleasant indie-pop number, abound with rolling rhythms and sunny fanfare. But, peel back its shiny sheen and a more intricate patchwork of arrangements reveals itself: feathery vocals flutter over reverberating string instruments, while plucky guitars dance alongside a pouncing piano. The song delivers the refined, resplendent pop sound, but with such a smart and far more advanced formula. If this is a preview of what’s to come from Fé — who play their first ever show next month — then we’re surely in for a treat. - Consequence of Sound


Following up their excellent debut single, “Time,” Fé is back with a new song. “She Came” is another lovely offering of no-frills indie pop, featuring soft, affective vocals and fluid, straight-forward instrumentation that works. It’s still hard to believe that only a short while ago, these two were busking in train carriages; you certainly wouldn’t expect it from music that sounds this wonderfully refined. Listen to “She Came” below. - Pigeons & Planes


Discography

'She Came' - 25/11/13 (single)
'Time' - 23/9/13 (single)

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Fé announce ‘She Came’, the band’s second single and the follow up to ‘Time’, an inspired debut which caught the attention of BBC 6 Music, The Guardian and reams of flattering blogs. It was a flawless signal of intent from Ben Moorhouse and Leo Duncan, a band we consider to be an extremely significant new discovery.

Again produced by Luke Smith (Foals, Depeche Mode), ‘She Came’ is even more wonderful; brimming with heroic melodies, killer hooks and sack loads of wry humour. They are a band that oozes ambition, and with their debut show in London earlier this month a sell-out, it feels like something special has started.

Leo calls She Came 'an old fashion love song, set amidst the new aristocracy of west London; you know - the brats, the oligarchs' and rock stars' kids. And how uninspiring and how un-stimulating all the riches of city appear once the person you want has gone.'

For Fé, music is a compulsion. Most days, Leo and Ben will take to the London Underground with their guitars. Traversing the packed carriages, they battle to endear themselves to commuters with an exquisitely performed repertoire made up of skiffle versions of early R&B and rock n roll songs. They are fuelled by the endless love for music that they encounter on the trains, with the band themselves describing this ritual as ‘getting under the skin of the city': an 'unquenchable well of inspiration, £50 notes, drugs, stamps and phone numbers’.

They first wrote together in a meat container under the Westway, London where Leo lived. With no running water or heating to speak of, for years they spent tireless hours locked away crafting their songs, fusing their love for classic songwriting with contemporary electronics.