Boomkat Product Review:
Whatever’s ailing you, Tokyo’s Tenniscoats have got something for that. Their quietly alluring Music Exists was first issued in 2015 on Japan’s Majikick Records, now arriving via Germany’s Alien Transistor as one of a handful of their albums availed outside their domestic market, aside from issues by Room40, Häpna and a 7” with Domino.
Maybe we should have added a caveat at the top - depending your tolerance for incredibly sweet folk-pop, this is either the sugariest, gingham-parcelled gift from a loved-one, or way over your melodic RDA.
Assuming we’re speaking to the former camp, you’re in for a gentle but warm embrace of eight achingly fragile songs coaxed from acoustic guitar, warbling sax and flute, and, of course, Saya Ueno’s hushed vocals which, for many, are the real centrepiece.
You’ll also be glad to hear that this is only part 1 of a 2 volume album.