Tennis Takes On Sexism in New Track ‘My Emotions Are Blinding’
Tennis – ‘A night with the valet’
American indie pop duo Tennis are back with the announcement of a brand new studio album, Pollen. The LP will be the group’s sixth studio effort and first since 2020. Swimmer.
“We wanted to write a big album,” says Alaina Moore of Tennis. “Something suitable for radio, but our songs don’t follow conventional pop structures. Instead of refrains with universal themes, I write with a specificity that is new to me, focusing on the smallest details of our lives. The more we try to broaden our scope, the more we turn inward.
In anticipation of the new album, Tennis previewed its first single, “One Night with the Valet.” Pick up where music on Swimmer leave behind, the track relies heavily on the keyboard interplay that has become the band’s signature. Laid back and spacey, “One Night with the Valet” shows that the sound of tennis still has its share of unexplored corners.
“To avoid falling into old habits, we used instruments and equipment that are new to us,” adds Moore. “We work alone and Patrick engineers. The sounds he creates are as fundamental as any part he writes. We resist the urge to over-edit or do too many takes. Unlike previous albums which were more of a wall of sound, we make a point of not overwhelming my voice with a dense mix.
“We named the album POLLEN. It’s about small things with big consequences: a particle, a moment, a choice,” concludes Moore. “It’s me in a fragile state; sometimes inhabited freely, sometimes reacted against. He strives to stay in the moment without falling into fear. It’s about how I can be destroyed by one tiny thing.
Watch the video for “One Night with the Valet” below. Pollen is set for a February 10 release date.