Tennis – ‘Small Sound’ EP

Tennis - 'Small Sound' EP


Marvellous alt.pop snuggliness all round from this Denver husband-and-wife duo

From the sound of this stopgap EP from Denver husband-and-wife duo Tennis, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley live in a house awash with Ikea, feed exclusively on macrobiotic cucumber smoothies and enjoy dinner parties with Summer Camp, Anna Calvi and Alex Winston to the soundtrack of The Cardigans. Marvellous alt.pop snuggliness all round, in other words, as lead track ‘Mean Streets’ – a treatise on rags-to-riches pop stardom – slopes by with a cosy, jazzy Scandi-pop sway. It’s a timely refresh of rosy-cheeked indie-pop mores: Gallic hula ‘Timothy’ takes on a contemporary electro fuzz, while on ‘Cured Of Youth’, ‘Dimming The Light’ and ‘100 Lovers’ Tennis pay funky homage to ’80s Madonna and ’90s Beck like the most bearded Brooklynites.

Mark Beaumont


Record label: Communion
Release date: 03 Feb, 2014