Husband and spouse twosome Tennis launch their fifth studio album ‘Swimmer’ on Valentines Day. The Denver duo, who’ve ‘a robust private and inventive bond’ observe up 2017’s ‘Yours Conditionally’ with a slickly produced album in partnership with Grammy Award nominee Claudius Mittendorfer.
Recorded whereas they had been “off the grid” and written “largely on the ocean”, it’s billed as ‘experimenting with atypical instrumentation, advanced time adjustments, and an elevated deal with lyrical storytelling’. It comes throughout as reasonably insipid, beige at greatest and washes round within the doldrums. Bright and breezy pop it might be, and definitely the signature adjustments are attention-grabbing; the truth is, on ‘Need Your Love’ they do elevate the observe above bizarre however there’s nothing right here to blow you away.
Lead vocalist Alaina has a nice sufficient voice that actually would not grate, however on giant components of her newest album she feels like a bargain Kylie; extra Kia than Cadi. The excessive vocals of lead single ‘Runner’ sit properly upon the timid electro soundtrack however they by no means have interaction or join. It’s nearly prefer it was conceived for some 80s Brat Pack movie however did not fairly make the reduce. It’s so extremely polished it loses any character within the combine. Title observe ‘Swimmer’, in addition to ‘Echoes’, go some method to rescue any hope with a faint Felt/Cocteaus hue however elsewhere the light-weight choices merely float by.
Tennis serve up a double fault at their fifth try with an album that drowns in type over substance.