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Tennis - Cape Dory

Tennis - Cape Dory

Surely by now there has to be at least a blueprint for instant sub mainstream success. Some of the qualifications could include heavy nods to old music, discovery by blogs and other venerable websites and most importantly — an interesting back story. Tennis is a duo who has steady gained steady recognition last summer since the release of various 7 inches. Not only was their music catchy and charming but their proposed debut would please yacht lovers and nautical explorers alike.

For 8 months, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley traded in their day-jobs for a slow adventure up the Atlantic coast.  The two became seafarers and watched the world past by at 5 miles per hour. Cape Dory is a reaction to the long months spent at sea with each song based around some aspect of the journey. The story is by no means extraordinary.

In fact the back-story could be construed as privileged — to be able to sail the low seas of luxury for an extended period of time.

Furthermore, revolving an album around a single experience or taking a writing sabbatical is by no means a new concept. Cape Dory, however, manages to not only overcome the hurdles of a low stakes concept record but surprisingly manages to cling to your memory. Whether or not it’s the narcotic pop which wafts over your half closed eyes or the thoughts of waves slowly splashing, the duo have crafted a spectacular record.

Cape Dory continues the contemporary tradition of an offset mix by having the guitar dominating the room.  Tennis has rooted themselves in the memories of early 60’s pop played with bedroom intensity. The whole album sways and rocks gently with “Marathon,” and “Baltimore”

only introducing an album played with genuine conviction. Moore and Rileys romantic escape dredges and stirs listeners desire for adventure and uncertainty. I have never entertained the idea of buying a boat before but Cape dory is convincing me otherwise. There is a serenity and mystery attached to the low seas. Tennis manages to capure that mystery and mix it with a lo-fi style of doo wop.

Cape Dory’s sound and lyrical content proposes a view from the outside. Moore and Riley have removed themselves from the world only watching it blur by from a distance. There is a beautiful stagnation within the album . A peace which is only achieved by standing still.

The doldrums have never been so peaceful until hearing “Pigeon” and “Waterbirds.”  Memories, projections and present experiences roll around each other in a gentle surf.  Tennis has achieved a remarkable stride with a small stepping motion.  Cape Dory is a hip vision quest, a souvenir, not only for the two involved but for anyone who caught in the tide.

Post Script:

The duo have also mentioned the possibility of making a future album based on a similar yet different experience. Since a slow sail has already been done, let me suggest a delightful hot air balloon ride or a road trip across the midwest in a woodie wagon. I could even see para sailing or canoeing being the next concept.  Tennis’ music doesn’t suit tiger trapping, a steep climb or any other activity without hours of contemplation. I could see extended vacation rock being the next big thing. It is much like a slide show from a time and place I never experienced but amazing none the less.

Tennis Cape Dory Tracklist:
01 Take Me Somewhere
02 Long Boast Pass
03 Cape Dory
04 Marathon
05 Bimini Bay
06 South Carolina
07 Pigeon
08 Seafarer
09 Baltimore
10 Water Birds

Tennis - Cape Dory, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2011-01-11T15:34:05+00:00 rating 4.1 out of 5



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