Before they were fresh indie music wunderkinds, Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore were just a couple of recent college graduates making plans and figuring out their future together. They saved money, sold their possessions, and spent a year travelling along the Eastern Seaboard in a 30-foot sailboat. As they say, the rest is history.
Although it wasn't the original plan, this experience ended up inspiring the now-married-couple to form a band. That band is called Tennis (poking fun at their perceived (or, perhaps, real) WASP-iness) and they released their debut LP, Cape Dory, on Fat Possum last week. On one hand, Cape Dory can be added to the pile of jangly low-fi bedroom pop that is bursting from every corner of the music internet. But this document of their journey carves out its own unique feeling through a collective reflection on their youthful emergence and romance.
Their sound is steeped in nostalgia with various nods to 60s, 70s, and 80s pop aesthetics. Ultimately though, Cape Dory is a pleasant, breezy distraction from our winter grayness. I also just want you to like them more than Best Coast.
Check out the official video/magic show for album single, "Pigeon":