Tennis Announce New Album Pollen, Share Dreamy Lead Single “One Night with the Valet”

Husband-wife indie-pop duo Tennis have announced their sixth album, Pollen, coming Feb. 10, 2023, via the band’s own Mutually Detrimental label. “One Night with the Valet,” produced and recorded by Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore in their home studio in Denver, Colorado, is our first preview of their follow-up to 2020’s Swimmer.

“One Night with the Valet” is as fleeting as its title suggests, flashing past in under two minutes. Over mid-tempo percussion, throbbing bass and interconnected keys, Moore sings about staring down a desire far bigger than herself: “Finding myself tempted by the face of love / Really fear that I could never get enough.” Her voice is as ethereal as the images she conjures (“We’re riding high up watching over silent things / Like pearls scattered at our feet”), and before you know it, both have disappeared.

“We wanted to write a big album,” Moore explains Pollen in a statement, continuing:

… 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.

To keep ourselves from falling into old habits, we used instruments and gear that are new to us. We work alone and Patrick engineers. The sounds he creates are as fundamental as any part he writes. We resist the urge to over edit or do too many takes. Unlike previous albums which have been more wall of sound, we make a point not to overpower my voice with a dense mix.

We named 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.

“A North American tour surrounding the arrival of Pollen will be announced soon,” per a press release.

Check out “One Night with the Valet” and a 2012 Tennis performance from the Paste archives below, and find the details of Pollen and the band’s upcoming tour dates further down.


Pollen Art:

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Pollen Tracklist:


01. Forbidden Doors
02. Glorietta
03. Let’s Make a Mistake Tonight
04. One Night with the Valet
05. Pollen Song
06. Hotel Valet
07. Paper
08. Gibraltar
09. Never Been Wrong
10. Pillow for a Cloud

Tennis 2023 Tour Dates:

February

14-15 – London, UK @ Islington Music Hall

March

24 – Atlanta, GA @ The Eastern
25 – Nashville, TN @ Brooklyn Bowl
27 – Raleigh, NC @ The Ritz
29-30 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
31 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

April

01 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
03 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
04 – Homer, NY @ Center for the Arts
05 – Toronto, ON @ History
07 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
08 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
10 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall
11 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue
12 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
14 – Denver, CO @ Mission
15 – Aspen, CO @ Belly Up Aspen
16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
18 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
20 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre
21 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount
22 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
24 – Eugene, OR @ McDonald Theater
25 – Sacramento, CA @ Ace of Spades
26 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Palladium
29 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s

May

2 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
4 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live
5 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse
6 – Dallas, TX @ South Side

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