Posts Tagged ‘Mutually Detrimental’

At this point of their career, Tennis can just release music and I’m comfortable knowing that it will be yet another enjoyable release from the duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. So many of the other artist that arrived during that golden age of music blogging have either lost a step or faded completely. But not Tennis, they have stayed as consistent as ever, a rare steady hand in a game full of flashes in the pan.

They released their solid new album Yours Conditionally March this year via their own label Mutually Detrimental and this month they returned quickly with a new 5-song EP entitled We Can Die Happy.

Below are two very delightful offerings from the EP, the very warm and Tennis-esque cut “Diamond Rings” as well as the sweet and tender “I Miss That Feeling.” Both prove once again that Tennis have no shortage of good tunes, or signs of slowing down anytime soon.

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The husband and wife duo of Alaina and Patrick, otherwise known as Tennis, return with “Yours Conditionally”, their new album which will be released on 10th March 2017 on the band’s own label Mutually Detrimental.

Building on their dreamy combination of perfect melodies and classic songwriting, “Yours Conditionally” sees a full circle return to their nautical roots of sorts, with the duo even writing part of the album while sailing at sea, what Alaina calls “a grandiose gesture”, a necessary venture of revisiting the past to reinvigorate the present. However, the pair dig deeper and darker this time round, with the resultant album wedding discussions of identity and self-sacrifice to some of their most pristine and infectious hooks yet.

Achingly beautiful lead single “In the Morning I’ll Be Better”, written about the “precariousness of our lives”, sums up this paradox completely, with gorgeous melodies belying its subject matter of Riley seeing a family member through a serious illness. “Please Don’t Ruin This For Me” and “Fields of Blue” also deliciously straddle the light/ dark divide, while others, like “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” and the divine swoon of “Modern Woman” hit the pop bullseye square on the nose while unpacking conflicting themes of feminism and industry archetypes.

Taken in toto, “Yours Conditionally” sees a band at maturation point, looking fondly to the past while also staring down the uncertainty and confusion of the future without flinching. This is Tennis at their contrary, compelling best.