Day 13: Tennis – Cape Dory

13 Mar

Long Boat Pass

This is a band called Tennis.

This is an album about sailing.

There, now that we’ve gotten the fact that this is the preppiest thing you will ever hear out of the way, let’s talk about this album.

Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, the husband and wife duo behind this band, decided to sell all of their stuff and sail around the east coast for a few months.  Naturally, when they got back, they started making music about their experience.  And for some reason, it’s really freaking good.  The album, named for a sailboat company, consists of ten short indie-pop songs.  Moore has a great voice, which fits perfectly with the relaxed, easy-going nature of the album.  Honestly, this album sounds to me like it should have come out in the sixties.  The carefree jangly guitars seem to come straight from that era, but that’s just me.

The one downfall of the album is its reliance on its concept.   Yes, we get it.   You two spent a year on a boat.  You faced hardships that tested not only your sailing skills, but your commitment to each other.   Really, you’ve driven these points home.  They throw their journey right in your face, and it get’s a little obnoxious.  Especially if you have a disdain for preppy people like I do.  Ultimately, I was able to look past the preppiness and overused concept, and appreciate this album for what it is: a solid, short collection of love songs.

Tennis is kind of out of luck for any future albums though.  What are they going to do, write another album about that trip they took?  They’re really going to have to expand their content if they hope to continue making music.


2 Responses to “Day 13: Tennis – Cape Dory”

  1. Yuanny Dollar March 14, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Thanks for another great post. Funny. To the point. Yada, yada, yada. But can we talk about that album cover for a minute? What is it? How is it supposed to make me feel. I have to admit, I find it disturbing and I don’t know why.


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