Tennis – Ritual in Repeat
Back in May, Tennis captivated the audience at Oslo in Hackney. Now after a highly anticipated wait, their new album is finally here. Hailing from Denver, Alaina Moore and her husband Patrick Riley have been making music as Tennis for a few years now and their cutesy, dreamy sound has gathered a strong fanbase in the UK.
Choosing to stream their album online prior to the official release date on 9th September, fans were able to listen to the record a week before, proving Tennis are in keeping with today’s digital trends.
From the first beat of the album you know it’s a much heavier sound than its predecessors. With drums and an electric guitar bass it’s a far cry from Cape Dory – not only the name of the album but also the place where they wrote the album. However the new installment soon turns into the same dreamy melody we know and love.
The employment of Black Keys producer Patrick Carney is apparent in the polished sound throughout the record. Clever hooks and wistful rifts could make this the album Tennis goes far with. On Never Work for Free Alaina chants you “you got me looking for love”, while the background synths give it a very 80s feel her unique tone keeps it modern. Wounded Heart is stripped back so far you can feel the raw emotion.
It would be impossible for Tennis to dampen anyone’s spirits despite the heavier additions. In I’m Callin they throw in a few “hey’s” but the bridge is much more serious, converting it from a flimsy pop song into an interesting indie tune.
It’s clear that these two are a match made in music heaven.
Ritual in Repeat is released on 9th September 2014, for further information or to stream the album for free visit here.
Watch the video for Never Work for Free here: