Boomkat Product Review:
Japanese indie-pop duo Tenniscoats' 2007 album Tan-Tan Therapy, originally released in 2007, remastered for 2022.
"Made with musical and production help from Swedish post-rock/folk trio Tape and originally released on Häpna, Tan-Tan Therapy is a beautiful document of the exploratory music made by a close-knit collective of musicians, fully at ease with each other, playing songs written by Tenniscoats and arranging them in gentle and generous ways.
Filled with graceful pop songs, autumnal folk tunes, and gentle yet risk-taking improvisations, Tan-Tan Therapy was the first Tenniscoats album to be released in Europe, after a run of albums on Japanese labels. It was also the first recorded evidence of their collaboration with the three members of Tape and that group’s extended musical family. It opens with one of Tenniscoats’ signature songs, the pop fantasia of Baibaba Bimba, with Tenniscoats singer Saya repeating a light-headed incantation over joyous brass. The essence of Tenniscoats is contained in Baibaba Bimba: uplifting melody and playful musicianship, tinged with distant echoes of winsome melancholy.
Throughout, you can sense the deep empathy the members of Tenniscoats and Tape have for one another. It’s a conversational, tender and, at times, fragile music that can only be created out of mutual trust and kindness, with each of the players contributing to the community of sound they’re building."