Young and Old
Denver pop duo Tennis, composed of husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, released their first record, “Cape Dory,” last year, an album inspired by the couple’s experience on a seven-month sailing excursion up the East Coast. It was an odd, patrician premise for an album suitably preoccupied with first-world concerns. No matter how deeply Moore and Riley considered all things nautical and natural (they met as philosophy students, after all) the greatest imponderable remained: Who has time for a seven-month sailing trip?
The duo’s new record, “Young and Old,” commences with “It All Feels the Same,” an apt descriptor for Tennis’s remarkably superficial music. “I took a train to find you,” sings Moore over a simple progression, suffused with the melancholy of one who discovers that the yacht is unavailable. Moore sings with a paint-by-numbers prettiness resembling Harriet Wheeler of the Sundays, or a chaste Stevie Nicks fresh from finishing school.