Tennis – Petition

January 30, 2012

Every song on Tennis’ debut album, Cape Dory, had a certain fragility to it, as if a good, stiff wind could knock it right over. It was the utter lightness of the girl-group pop–so carefree, earnest and deliciously catchy that half of Brooklyn was whistling Tennis tunes last winter. But tracks like “petition” represent a sonic shift of sorts. It’s the R&B chorus, the hop-and-pop baseline and the overall newly discovered punch that make “Petition” feel full in some of the ways Cape Dory tracks felt hollow. Tennis hasn’t abandoned the generic tropes that made them so endearing in the first place, but they have fleshed them out, making their tunes feel weightier and more rewarding on 2nd, 3rd and 4th listen. “Petition” demonstrates growth, and if it’s any indication, Young and Old (due out Feb 14), should a highlight of this young year.