Tennis has been busy sense breaking into the indie music blogosphere with early singles “South Carolina” and “Baltimore” back in 2010. Since then the Denver, Colorado based duo has released three proper LPs, toured endlessly, issued an EP, and has remained a constant fixture in the indie music scene. Tennis is made up of husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, who were first inspired to make music after a sailboating excursion following their college graduation. That is is the kind of story indie music legends are made of.

Their music has always had a classic pop sensibility with modern indie arrangements and structure. Their latest release, Ritual in Repeat, is their most accessible, pop-driven album to date. The band reunited with Patrick Carney who produced 2012’s album, Make It Good.  The couple also enlisted Richard Swift from the Shins and Jim Eno from Spoon to help with production. Tracks like “Timothy” pull you in with fantastic melodies and ear wormy hooks while managing to keep the feel fresh. This time, the riffs have more rock edge with Riley amping things up ever so slightly on guitar.

Stand out track “I’m Calling” drips with 80’s MTV-era singer nostalgia. If you close your eyes, you can even see cool 80’s version of Madonna taking the lead. The track was produced by Carney, who shows a clear ear for melody and technique. Alaina said that Carney pushed Riley and her to embrace more classic song structure and to not shy away from a chorus. They clearly took that heart with lead single “Never Work for Free”, a slightly more groove fused tune.

Like Jenny Lewis excellent Voyager, newcomers Alvvays beautiful self-titled debut, and veteran’s chamber-pop masters The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruises; Tennis’s Ritual in Repeat gives pop music a nice shot in the arm and relevancy.

Band Website – http://www.tennis-music.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/
Tennis – @TennisInc

Ritual in Repeat is available now on ITunes, Amazon, and tennis.merchtable.com

 

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