Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley (Tennis) will be releasing their sixth
album "Pollen" on 2/10/23.
The two met in the philosophy department at the University of Colorado
in 2008 after dropping out of their respective music programs. In the
years after graduating, they got involved in Denver’s DIY music scene.
Through house shows, they were connected with Underwater Peoples and
Firetalk. The band went blog-viral nearly overnight, landing them a
record deal with Fat Possum and then Communion Records, but with
shifting labels and new interests, Tennis chose an alternate path for
their band and career. In 2016, Moore and Riley formed the label
Mutually Detrimental and began self-releasing. Their newfound freedom
allowed them to return to their sailboat to write their next
full-length, this time in the Sea of Cortez. Yours Conditionally,
released in 2017, became their most commercially successful
album–charting at #4 on Billboard’s Independent list and in the top
100 highest selling vinyl releases that year. They played Coachella and
opened for artists like The National, Father John Misty and The
Shins–proving their DIY roots as a cornerstone to their sound and
narrative. Their follow up Swimmer (2020), was recorded in their home
studio with Moore and Riley producing and engineering. The pair brought
their long-time touring member Steve Voss in for the second time to drum
on record. The singles, Need Your Love and Runner, were Tennis’ most
successful releases to date.
"We name the album Pollen. It is about small things with big
consequences: a particle, a moment, a choice. It is me in a fragile
state; sometimes inhabited freely, sometimes reacted against. It is
striving to remain in a moment without slipping into dread. It is about
the way I can be undone by a very small thing."
"I begin our sixth album by exploring melodies that take me to the
boundaries of my voice. I write myself into my highest highs and lowest
lows. There is a precariousness in the outer limits of my range that
demands vulnerability. As our demos take shape, I realize this will be
our first album without any belting, the first time I can’t force my
way through the notes," recalls Tennis' Alania Moore. "In the studio,
Patrick compresses the shit out of my mic and I sing with the gentleness
of breathing. In that softness, lyrics take shape. We want to write a
big album—something suited for radio, but our songs don’t follow
conventional pop structures. Instead of choruses with universal themes,
I write with a specificity that is new to me, narrowing in on the
smallest details of our lives. The more we try to broaden our scope, the
more we turn inward."
OUT 10 FEBRUARY 2023!
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