Song of the Day: Tennis – Marathon


Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Each and every Friday we offer songs by local artists. Today’s selection, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Marathon” by Tennis off their 2010 self-released 7″ single.

Tennis – Marathon (MP3)

Tennis are Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, a husband and wife duo from Denver who decided to start playing music together after a seven-month sailing voyage along the East Coast. Unlike many bands preaching the summer-y virtues of the beach and the sea, Tennis’ music is characterized by Moore’s heavenly voice singing of carefree seaside love, rather than the lo-fi, washed-out fuzz of content-to-be-bored stoners. Tennis are simply content to be in love, and it’s not hard to picture them lounging under an umbrella with their toes in the sand, or on the deck of their sailboat with pleasant smiles on their faces, basking in the moments that inspired their music.

Their MySpace page only offers three songs to sample, and of those three today’s Song of the Day, “Marathon”, is the stand out. Moore’s inviting, melodious voice seems effortless, and yet has the power to easily convince listeners to hop on board with her laid-back vibe. She sings of the possibility of impending trouble, but the very fact that she is singing it makes us believe that everything will be alright, and eventually, as the song reaches it’s apex, she actually says as much: “Tonight we’ve got to believe it / Traveled through the day and into the evening.” After starting off simply, with Moore’s voice occasionally interrupted by some choppy and tinge-y guitar shredding, her voice doubles and the guitar begins to playfully riff along before the two eventually bring the song home in unison. Not all the way though. The song clearly revolves around Moore’s voice, and Tennis fortunately had the sense to cut the guitar for the final couple of seconds and let her “ooooh” the song to sleep by herself.

Also fortunate is the fact that Tennis are currently working on recording a full-length album, and that they’ll be playing at The Crocodile on November 17th. In the meantime, here’s a video for their song “South Carolina”:

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