Ritual In Repeat is the third full-length from Denver-based husband and wife duo Tennis. The record was produced by a trio of A-list musicians: Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Jim Eno (Spoon) and Richard Swift (the Shins).
The band continues to grow with each release and with this record Alaina Moore’s voice sounds more assured than ever, as evidenced by her vocal turn on album highlight “Bad Girls” (track 5). RIYL (a more pop) Hospitality or maybe HAIM.
On track 4, “I’m Callin’” the breathy Alaina Moore sounds like she’s fronting Phoenix (the French band) complete with disco groove bass, snaking guitar notes and electronic flourishes.
Much like their previous album (2012’s Young & Old), Tennis can do a superb version of the classic ‘60s girl-group sound, like on the multidimensional “Timothy” (track 6).
The rhythm section on track 10, “Solar On The Rise,” immediately calls to mind Peter Bjorn & John’s mega-hit “Young Folks,” down to the egg shaker percussion and bassline.
Recommended tracks: 2, 4, 5, 6, 10