Long Boat Pass
Label: Fat Possum Records
This Denver duo, husband-and-wife team Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, formed Tennis after a sailing voyage in the Atlantic. Sounds lovely, doesn't it? A sonic document of their months-long adventure shapes their debut album, Cape Dory, which comes off as blithe and breezy as such an extended vacation would suggest. The melodies sway with effortlessness; only a few songs break the three-minute mark as Riley's jangly lo-fi guitar guides Moore's squeaky-clean, girl-group coos. It's like a Ronette going surfing with Jan & Dean by day, sharing space with a budding garage rocker by night.