Tuesday, July 27, 2010
On Repeat: Tennis - Marathon
Tennis when I heard their debut single "Marathon" a few weeks ago. Girl-group snaps, a burbling organ and a beautiful female voice are briefly ambushed by electric whirs and a snare drum, before relenting for a second verse. They manage to coexist for the 2nd half of the song, somehow reinforcing the personality and adding swagger. Tennis seems to understand that simplicity and melody are important, but there's still room for things to get a little messy if you play your cards right. By proving their merit with the initial melody, they earn themselves the right to tease other sounds and spice things up, so long as they compliment what's already there. More bands need to understand this dichotomy. It doesn't take much to please a listener, and once you have them hooked, they'll follow you anywhere. Just ask Lady Gaga.