Review | Tennis - Young & Old
Denver-based, husband-and-wife duo Tennis have released their sophomore album Young & Old this past week. The duo, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, who released their debut album in January of 2011, teamed up with Patrick Carney as producer this time around and have really progressed their sound.
Their first album, Cape Dory, was full of indie-pop delights that told of the duo’s 7-month sailing expedition. This time around, the tunes are just a delightful, but a bit more grounded in what the band does best: fuzzy atmospheric acoustics, hand-clapping percussion and jazzy vocals.
A lot has been said about Tennis and whether or not they’re gimmicky. You know, the adorable husband-and-wife duo playing sugary indie-pop about their adventures together. But where beach pop has grown in the fast few years, this band solidified their name with the two excellent albums in just over a year. And on this album, they’ve proved they don’t need to be singing about the open seas to create songs that have that great indie-pop, soundtrack-at-a-beach-party sound.
You can grab the album here. They’re touring extensively in support of this album and you can catch them in Boston at Brighton Music Hall on March 3rd. You can check out the rest of the tour dates here.
The much anticipated second album from Denver-based Tennis, Young and Old, is set for release February 14, 2012 on Fat Possum Records. What better day to fall in love with this band all over again. I can’t say enough about how I enjoy the lo-fi sugary sweet and breezy bedroom pop songs that Tennis has put out to date. With this second album coming out it only fuels the fire for similar hype. I’m digging this second released single, it really brings me straight back to the first album, and the added keys rounds out the sound a bit more.
Video | Tennis - Take Me Somewhere
It might not be on the Cape Dory, but this video for Tennis’ Take Me Somewhere is about as close as you are going to get to taking the trip with the husband and wife duo. Enjoy some great footage & a great song.
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Ultimately, if you are reading this, you’ve already heard the story a bunch of times, but for posterity, Husband and Wife duo of Tennis spent months aboard a sailboat (cope dory) sailing the east coast. They took a chance at writing some songs based on their journeys, wrote, recorded and here we are in love with what they’ve done… both they symbolism and the music.
Since the summer, tracks have surfaced again and again as the hype picked up. Finally now we get a full body of work in this LP. How is it as a whole? Well, its pretty damn good. Each song has their sound at it’s core, but tells a different story. Getting the whole journey in 3 minute bits is an interesting way to experience it. The lo-fi nature of their music speaks well to this kind journey. The songs are airy, simple, and carefree … just the way the soundtrack to a seafaring journey should be. Logged in as a 28 minute affair this album is an easy listen and begs you to listen again and again. Point is, this album is easy to fall in love, and makes us all yearn for summer, the ocean breeze, and a carefree 6 month vacation.
Buy Cape Dory
Indie pop duo Tennis are set to release their debut LP, Cape Dory, January 18 via Fat Possum. Check out “Pigeon”, a down-tempo ballad-like track from their daytrotter session back in September.
Indie pop duo Tennis are set to release their debut LP, Cape Dory, January 18 via Fat Possum. Check out “Take Me Somewhere”, a light summery song that may not match the season, but airs that 60’s sun soaked pop vibe that we heard from their earlier tracks, like Baltimore, and Marathon.
Tennis - Cape Dory
If you don’t read everything I write, well shame on you, but hey I can’t blame you, its about the music. Tennis is the husband and wife duo who saved money for years, bought a sail boat and sailed on the east coast for 8 months. They wrote songs about their experiences and then released a 7” via Fire Talk
Check out more on their myspace.
Tennis - Marathon - Apart from being my favorite sport, I came about this mp3 from Everybody Taste, and I have to say I find it very listenable. It has this innocent 60’s chill vibe (am i about to use the term chillwave?)
Tennis, the pet project of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, a husband / wife duo who spent 8 months sailing and exploring the north atlantic. During this time they wrote and recorded what would become a documentation of this process in the form of some really interesting pop songs.
Check out more on their myspace.