Teaming up with the Black Keys’ Patrick Riley in a real Nashville studio, Tennis return with a sophomore release that retains Cape Dory’s time machine rust while opening up the fidelity a bit to give the band-now a three piece with the inclusion of drummer James Barone-more depth, warmth, and a better window on Alaina Moore’s impressive vocals.
But what’s even more impressive is how the band, in less than a year’s time, have managed to deliver another 10 track record of consistently good dream pop, hinting that the debut was far from a fluke.
Anyone looking for revelation within Young & Old is missing the point. It presents itself as a pop record as learned through transistor radios, forgoing the nautical themes of Cape Dory for an unpretentious attempt at making a straight-forward gem built from our everyday surroundings.
That means lots of introspection from a husband and wife duo that are starting to notice that the honeymoon is over, and that romance has been replaced by a harsh reality that their combined efforts are now a career endeavor.
There are moments of confounding lyrics, but then again, what pop record isn’t littered with freshman poetry or, even worse, middle school texting. Personally, I find a lot more things relatable to this married couple and respond a lot quicker when their life is packaged in this spontaneous and charming dream pop bundle.
Young & Old is the perfect pop record for suburban adults who want to recall the days of their downtown lofts.