"Keeps the sweet melodic core that defined the first album's highlights...it's nice to have them back." - The Guardian
"Almost too good to be true." - Spin
"Their dreamy, nostalgic pop laps and recedes like waves hitting the shore." - New York Times
"Tennis' winsome harmonies and reverb-y strumming often recall the charms of early-'60s pop." - Entertainment Weekly
ATP Recordings are delighted to announce that we have signed Denver-based band Tennis for their highly anticipated second album, 'Young & Old' out February 13th 2012 on CD, LP (with download) and Digital Download.
The first single, "Origins", which you can listen to at Soundcloud, is a double A-side release accompanied by another new track "Deep In The Woods".
The Digital single is available now from iTunes - you can view & embed the video for Deep In The Woods at either Vimeo or Youtube.
As the Deep in the Woods video is based on the Shirley Jackson book "We have always lived in the castle", the Physical single will be a rubber stamped page of an old library copy of the 1st edition (Viking Press, 1962), including a code for digital download of both tracks. There will be 214 available pages in the series released on February 27th - all signed by the band - pre-sale is available now.
CD and Vinyl Pre-orders for Young & Old are available now from the ATP Store - and Digital Pre-orders are available from iTunes.
Their widely praised debut Cape Dory, which The Wall Street Journal called "a winsome set of breezy pop songs," was released in early 2011 to critical acclaim. For their forthcoming album guitarist Patrick Riley, vocalist Aliana Moore and drummer James Barone headed to Nashville to work with The Black Keys' Patrick Carney.
Tennis was born of Riley and Moore's nearly 7-month sailing trip, which consisted of selling all their possessions, purchasing an old sailboat, repairing it, and cruising up and down the eastern seaboard. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was Cape Dory, an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop.
(click for hi-res photo, credit: Charlotte Zoller)
After the success of their first album and touring for the better part of a year that included shows as far away as Moscow, Riley and Moore returned home and realized what was initially a bedroom-recording project had quickly evolved into a band. The challenge of a second record was upon them, but songwriting came quickly and in three months the duo had most of the material for their new album. The goal this time was to mature and vary their sound. Riley describes the new direction as "Stevie Nicks going through a Motown phase." By the time they hooked up with Carney, they had fleshed out most of the songs that would comprise Young and Old. With their friend and mentor at the producer helm, the recording progressed naturally and within 3 weeks the album was done. While their debut was written with a third touring member in mind, the new album is written and recorded with the addition of a fourth. Over the last few months, Tennis has also released a series of covers as free downloads including "Is It True" by Brenda Lee, "Tell Her No" by The Zombies and recently "Tears In The Typing Pool" by Broadcast (download here).
The band will play a run of dates in Europe this February, including an album launch show in London on the day of the album's release: