• Max Burt


Updated: Mar 6, 2021

A shift in direction for Ten Hands High’s sound, ‘Silent’ is indie deliciously infused with RnB’s funk and hip-hop’s strut.

It was 2019 when indie four-piece Ten Hands High caught the attention of the rest of Leeds, and then the rest of the country, and then the world. Gaining consistent renown for festival-banger tracks like ‘New York Skyline’ and ‘Red Wine’ – which is especially bittersweet considering it’s 2020 – the band’s songs have been soundtracking myriad distant summers and romantic nostalgias.

With this latest release, Ten Hands High have seamlessly switched up their style. With meticulously crafted swinging drum beats, luscious guitar and bass tones deliciously in sync with the kicks, and vocalist Alexi’s deep, intimate singing style, ‘Silent’ is unmistakably RnB. Full of soul and impeccably cool, it’s clear that with their impressive back-catalogue of tracks, the band are now thoroughly confident in their songwriting and performance. To create a truly groovy RnB-indie blend, that kind of assuredness is needed, and Ten Hands High rightfully ooze it.

The band write that ‘Silent’ evokes the satisfaction of finding a partner who you don’t feel the need to fill the silence with. It was inspired by the following quote from Pulp Fiction, where Mia says:

“That’s when you know you’ve found somebody really special, when you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably share silence.”

Where the track’s verses elicit romance and intrigue, it’s the choruses that invoke that kind of satisfaction and excitement – one of the guitars starts soaring, the bass turns up the funk even more (somehow), all highlighted by its alluringly infectious vocal hook. If this Ten Hands High’s new direction, then I’m on board for this funky ride.

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