by April Foster
A few years back, husband-and-wife duo Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley set out in a 30-foot sailboat on a journey down the Eastern seaboard. The trip lasted the better part of a year, and when the couple returned home to Denver, they channeled the experience into an album, 2011’s Cape Dory.
Tennis' album is comprised of breezy retro pop that is a throwback to the simple pop songs of the '60s. Moore’s bright, sweet voice makes a perfect companion to Riley’s jangly, smooth surf-inspired guitar.
Earlier this year, Tennis upgraded its sound with the album Young and Old (Fat Possum). Label-mate Patrick Carney of The Black Keys produced the record, adding an extra layer of thick '60s nostalgia. “Petition” sounds like a song straight out of the Motown catalog, while “Origins,” with its perky trombone lines and bouncy chorus, might fit right in with the Top 40 hits of today.
Tennis is set to open for Of Montreal on the final day of the Treefort Music Fest, Sunday, March 25, from 7-7:40 p.m. on the Main Stage. Even though the two bands take entirely different approaches to music, Tennis’ charming and agreeable stripped-down pop numbers will provide a nice palate cleanser for Of Montreal’s grandiose, over-the-top performance art.
So set up early at the Main Stage, and set sail with some fun, enjoyable pop tunes before the festival’s main course.
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