Tennis have released a cover of Brenda Lee’s “Is It True?” as a free download. It’s upbeat in all the right ways, beaming with the feel good summer energy that Tennis always find a way to give off so effortlessly. One listen to the original version, and you will understand why Tennis wanted to cover it.
My buddy Ian Perlman is the mastermind behind the music video for Tennis‘ “Take Me Somwhere”. It was shot in Chesapeake Bay with a gritty, grainy, style that gives the video a vintage feel. It’s a perfect companion to their throwback sound.
The project of Tennis came to be when Denver, Colorado’s Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore sailed across the east coast together. They lived on a sailboat for nearly a year and decided to soundtrack their experiences on the sea. They released a few songs last year to the delight of music lovers everywhere. It’s not hard to get into Tennis. They make highly accessible music that is a modern take on retro sounds.
“Take Me Somewhere” is a charming opener that displays what Tennis is all about. You wouldn’t be wrong if you thought that Cape Dory was an albums from the hey-day’s of the 1950′s or ’60s. Alaina Moore’s airy vocals are easy on the ears, and this is a perfect fit for the throwback sound that Tennis emulates so well. Sure, Tennis isn’t making the most original music, but what they lack in originality, they make up with their ability to charm with pop styling.
These are 10 songs that are easy to love, and even easier to play over and over. Isn’t that what made the music so great in the ’50′s & ’60′s?
It’s hard to deny the two and a half minutes of pop glory packed into “Marathon”, a song that I haven’t stopped playing since last year. The guitars are tuned with a warm wholesome twang similar to the Walkmen. This vintage sound gives the band its edge. Tennis are successful in their attempt to turn back the clocks and make old fashioned music sound good again. Many bands have tried to do it over the past few years, and not many do it as well as Tennis.
“Cape Dory”, “Marathon”, and “Baltimore” all sound sharper compared to the early versions that we heard last year. They’re solid offerings, but the real star of this album is “Pigeon”. It’s the most intimate offering from the band, and it may just be their most charming moment. It’s a side of Tennis that I would love to hear more of. It’s the understated simple beauty that this world needs more of, and “Pigeon” rises to the challenge.
Cape Dory is an album that you will love the hell out of in the summer when it has time to dance freely in the warm summer air. Grab your friends, sit by the water, and take a trip down to Cape Dory.
This is as solid of a debut that you can ask from a band like Tennis. Not every album needs to be a game changer. Sometimes we just need an album that we can rely on. I don’t think I’ll have any problem playing this album over and over this year.
You know what, sometimes that’s good enough for me.
By Will Oliver, November 9th 2010 — with 2 comments
Tennis have given us the first taste of debut album Cape Dory that isn’t one of the songs included on their early 7″ releases. Today the band released “Take Me Somewhere” as a free download. The band flips the switch to an older era, giving us a sweet vintage pop sound to fall in love with. This is a husband and wife team that make sounds reflecting their love for one another. If this is what love sounds like, I’m game for tennis.
By Will Oliver, November 2nd 2010 — with 1 comment
Tennis have announced that their debut album is called Cape Dory, and will be released on January 18th via the unstoppable Fat Possum. January 2011 is shaping up to be a monster month. The four songs that we already have, “Marathon”, “Baltimore”, “South Carolina”, and of course “Cape Dory”, will all be included on the album. There will be six brand new songs which comes out to a nice round 10 album tracklist.
I’ve been excited about these guys since the summer, and I’m even more excited to see a fleshed out LP. Can’t wait for January. Check out Cape Dory’s tracklisting below:
1. Take Me Somewhere 2. Long Boast Pass 3. Cape Dory 4. Marathon 5. Bimini Bay 6. South Carolina 7. Pigeon 8. Seafarer 9. Baltimore 10. Water Birds
Tennis is Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, a husband/wife duo from Denver, Colorado. They took a eight month trip together sailing the Northeast coast and were inspired to document the feelings the trip gave the couple.
Tennis is a band that has been getting a lot of hype these past few weeks. I have put off listening to them for some reason, but I finally got a chance to scoop up some of their music and am thoroughly impressed with the sounds of Tennis.
Everyone from GorillavsBear to Chocolate Bobka has been singing the praise of Tennis, and after playing their singles pretty much nonstop all afternoon, I gotta agree with it. These guys have got the goods. They dazzle with sunny melodies and gorgous pop harmonies from Alaina’s lovely, lovely, voice. These guys aren’t the lo-fi in the Best Coast sense. They have that vintage girlgroup sound that sounds just as sweet as it would 50 years ago.
I’m sold on Tennis, and I am really excited to see what other tight jams they are going to churn out this year.
Listen to mp3′s ofÂ “Marathon” & “Baltimore” below:
It’s hard to believe that Bob Dylan’s legendary song “Like a Rolling Stone” doesn’t have a proper music video. Which is why he’s finally released one, made for perfect use in 2013.
It’s an interactive video that allows users to flip through different “TV Channels” that will feature different things, all going along with the words of the song. You can watch Danny Brown sing it, or Drew Carey as he hosts The Price Is Right. There’s an animated kid shows, tennis, and a movie. It’s a unique experience that creates a giant pop culture experience for one of the definitive songs of all time. It’s pretty cool. Read the rest of this entry »
By Will Oliver, January 4th 2013 — with 6 comments
Yesterday I blessed you with my favorite albums from 2012, and now, here are my favorite songs from 2012. It’s always tough to narrow songs down to a list, even if the list is 100 songs long. A lot of great new music comes out at a rapid-fire basis these days, from the biggest artists, to the smallest.
When it came down to it, these were the songs that kept the best company of the last 12 months.
Looking back at 2012, there were plenty of albums that I loved. Was it the best year of music in recent memory? Maybe not, but it was a damn good year in its own right. There is a lot that we may look back on and remember well into the rest of the decade.
This year I listed my Top 40 albums, as well as a few honorable mentions that were as close to making my list as they come. I didn’t get to listen to everything that I wanted to. As the only writer, it’s tough to balance listening to everything, and listening to everything well. That is something I hope to become better at this year.