One day, I swear, I’m going to write the next great american novel. It’ll be about an out-of-work 20-something who sets out to write the next great american novel. It’s gold! And I’m going to do it, I swear. So what am I waiting for? Well I’m not procrastinating, if that’s what you think– I’m just waiting for inspiration to strike. You know what I really need? Like, a woodland retreat somewhere, someplace beautiful and serene to start this masterpiece. Yeah, that’s the ticket. Because as any great artist can tell you, inspiration is all about setting. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at Tennis.
Husband-and-wife duo Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore spent seven months sailing around the Atlantic and writing sun-drenched surf-pop songs. After building buzz on the blogs for about a year, the couple finally released Cape Dory, their debut effort on Fat Possum Records. With a lo-fi jangle and Moore’s hazy swoon Tennis recalls a ’50s summer romance. Nostalgic charm and youthful innocence run through this album of instantly catchy summer tunes.
The duo doesn’t bother venturing onto dry-land, with lyrics like “Does the mainsheet remind you of me?” and “Take me out baby, I want to go sail tonight” in every song. I don’t doubt their sincerity with all this seafaring imagery, but it gets a little exhausting after awhile– even over the course of the album’s slender 28 minute running time. If their next effort doesn’t get them off the boat, I’ll be the first to jump ship.
But summer is right around the corner, and there’s no better soundtrack for that road trip you’ve been planning. Roll your windows down, soak up some sun and enjoy.