Pastels, Meet Japan’s Tenniscoats

Not to mention Jesus
and Mary Chain too.


By Blurt Staff


Domino and
Geographic will be releasing an unusual Pastels and Tenniscoats collaboration, Two Sunsets, on September 22. Recorded
in Glasgow over a two or three year period usually around Tenniscoats’ UK
touring, the album started out casually from a simple idea of booking some
studio time to see what happens.  Songs seemed to arrive as needed and a
group mode was established, usually Saya and Ueno from Tenniscoats with
Stephen, Katrina and Gerard Love from The Pastels with Tom Crossley, Alison
Mitchell, and sometimes Norman Blake and Bill Wells dropping by.


The Pastels
are from Glasgow and Tenniscoats from Tokyo.
They have different sounds but something in common too. This collaboration
which eventually became the Two Sunsets album arose from a suggestion by
Tenniscoats that some studio time be booked while they were in Glasgow, just to see what
happens, and maybe to try to find out what it is that they have in common. The
first recording was promising and slightly rushed, but suggested enough to
carry on. Tenniscoats had often been playing shows in Scotland, over
a two or three year period at various recording sessions, it suddenly seemed
like they’d accumulated about an album of songs which originated from members
of both groups.


The album will
be preceded by a single for “Vivid Youth” with the b-sides
“About You” (a JAMC cover) and “About You (Instrumental)”


“Vivid Youth”
looks like this summer but makes you think of last summer too; hopeful and kind
of strident sounding, the spectacular moment when a bonfire really catches fire.
And in the shadow there’s something else too, something secretive, beautiful
and exciting. This Pastels / Tenniscoats sound is very summer-ish, everyone’s
playing feels very of the moment; maybe it’s the evening to Billy Stewart’s
“Sitting In The Park” or Hugh Masekela’s “Grazing In The
Grass.” Night time is inevitably Question Mark & The Mysterians.


“About You”
feels like another type of summer feeling. It’s raining heavily outside and
maybe for a moment you feel a bit stuck. You feel a weight, a certain
melancholy, but only for a moment because actually the summer rain’s great to
walk around in and you feel alive and warm. It’s finding the good in
everything, and summer rain is the best kind and that’s what this feels like.
The sound is like this… it’s sort of organic but not right on, it’s running
loops too, soft, almost mechanical rain. It’s a song from The Jesus And Mary
Chain’s Darklands album which The Pastels recorded with Tenniscoats as
part of a commission for a theatre production but which felt like it belonged
in the album session. Initial recordings were with Norman Blake in Queens Park,

Track Listing:


1. So Many Stars
2. Two Sunsets
3. Song For A Friend
4. Vivid Youth
5. Yomigaeru
6. Modesty Piece
7. About You
8. Boats
9. Hikoki
10. From On A Mountain_Sodane
11. Mou Mou Rainbow
12. Start Slowly





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