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The U.S. Open is happening this August in New York, but there’s another upcoming Tennis event you may want to mark down in your calendar.

Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley make up married rock duo Tennis, but the husband-and-wife team have never toured as just a two-piece. Usually, they’re backed by a full band. On Tuesday, however, they announced their first “Solo In Stereo” tour, which promises a run of stripped-down shows featuring just the two of them on stage.

The shows won’t be acoustic, per se, but with just Moore and Riley on stage, the songs will likely feel more intimate. Tennis shared more info about the tour in a tweet, below, and revealed an example of what to expect during the tour by way of a paired-down rendering of their glitzy track “My Emotions Are Blinding,” .

Last year, Tennis released both an album, a poppy scenescape called Yours Conditionally, and an EP of everything else they couldn’t fit on the LP, titled We Can Die Happy.

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The fourth album from the Denver soft-rockers Tennis is their finest yet, a distillation of sunny ‘70s pop, Fleetwood Mac, and Laura Nyro into a breezy album that sounds like the trip to Mexico they took to make this album. That calm exterior masks words that cut deep though; Alaina Moore’s lyrics are centered around the tension that comes from giving yourself over to someone else in a relationship and the calculations you’re constantly making about your own thoughts and feelings.

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On their new album, the duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore continue channeling the retro warmth of ’70s pop. But their lyrics can drip with sarcastic self-effacement, adding bite to their sound.

“Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” is more pointed. Here, Moore offers a send-up of female-as-male-muse, adding bite and an incisiveness that feels new for this band. “Ladies don’t play guitar/ Ladies don’t get down down to the sound of it,” she sings. “Maybe we can play pretend?” Moore, of course, does play guitar; on Yours Conditionally, she also contributes keys, piano, and some percussion. As she presents a caricature of a woman on the sidelines supporting her rock-star-lover’s dreams—“Ladies just need your love… I can be the archetype of whatever you’re feeling”—she undermines it immediately with her presence in the song.

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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Every album represents something foundational to our lives during the time of its creation. Yours Conditionally was about extricating ourselves from an industry that made us feel joyless and restrained. After a successful campaign that involved starting our own label and learning how to record on our own, We Can Die Happy finds us on the other side of that leap of faith, reveling in the sense of freedom and control we’ve found in our work. While making the track list for Yours Conditionally, a couple of songs didn’t seem to fit.

One song, I Miss That Feeling, had been giving me trouble for months. The concept came to me after I noticed the way that certain physiological aspects of anxiety could be read as feelings of pleasure when presented as a list, without context. We had gone as far as recording and mixing it, but when I listened back, I knew I had gotten it wrong. I scrapped everything except the chorus lyrics which detailed my own experiences with panic attacks and started over. I hoped I Miss That Feeling would be an easy fix and the rest of the EP would take shape around it. Instead each song resolved itself while I Miss That Feeling remained stubbornly incomplete. In the final days of our deadline, feeling the pressure, I had a panic attack. Even in the middle of hyperventilating, I thought spiraling into anxiety over a song about anxiety was oddly fitting. Very me. In the end I settled on a kinder approach. I made the minor chords major; I softened things. I made the song a love letter to my constant companion rather than a denunciation of it.

The Denver indie pop duo and sailing enthusaists Tennis  husband-wife team Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, released their fourth album, “Yours Conditionally”The new record includes the lovely track “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar” as well as opener “In The Morning I’ll Be Better” and the dreamy, dizzying “Modern Woman.” That last song has a new video out in which the band’s Alaina Moore gazes at her reflections in a series of vintage domestic tableaus. Like “Ladies Don’t Play Guitar,” “Modern Woman” is a mannered, sarcastic meditation on womanhood, delivered with a dose of melancholy sincerity.

 

In the video accompanying the single, she peers into a vanity mirror at her reflection, maintaining eye contact with her own image as she reaches for various potions and salves, the products she leans on to make herself beautiful. The video comprises several dreamy vignettes shot over the course of a single day at a gallery in Denver. Director Luca Venter, who also directed the band’s “In the Morning I’ll Be Better” video, and set designer Kelia Anne envisioned different rooms for the shoot—“really feminine and really domestic,” Moore explained. In each scene, there’s a mirror, and Moore stares into it, transfixed.

“Yours Conditionally” came out in March 2017 ,

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.