Published Jan 10, 2020Tennis have shared a new single from their forthcoming fifth studio album Swimmer. The track is called "Need Your Love," and it arrives today alongside a Luca Venter-directed music video.
Earlier today, the Denver duo shared the following statement to their Facebook about making the song and its accompanying visuals.
"Need Your Love" began as a drum beat Patrick recorded and looped. He played it for me late one evening and asked if I had any ideas. I tried playing a chord progression from a piano ballad I had been working on over Pat's beat and an entirely new song emerged — one that was raw and assertive. The lyrics and melodies came quickly over the next few days, like the song already knew what it wanted to be. While riding my bike to the grocery store the "baby you've got more poison than sugar" part came to me, harmonies and all. I sprinted home to record it. The song became an emotional purge, rooted in anger. I usually deny myself the emotion, but I had a lot to be angry about at the time. I was letting go of unhealthy relationships and trying to find healing without closure. We used sparse instrumentation and tempo changes to reflect the relentless spiraling of my mental state. Despite all the heaviness, writing this song was a joyful experience.
Patrick, Luca Venter and I made this video together in the middle of nowhere. It took days of traveling to get there (we sailed for 3 days on our boat) and we endured seasickness and swarms of biting insects. But the natural beauty of this place was its own reward. The monochromatic beauty and harshness of the environment felt like the perfect visual representation of the song. Luca shot on film (which was insane given all the salt and sand) but it all came together perfectly. So proud of this one.
"Need Your Love" follows the release of the album's lead single "Runner."
Tennis commence an extensive run of North American tour dates late next month. Find the full schedule here.
Swimmer marks the band's follow-up to 2017's Yours Conditionally. The record arrives February 14, and you can pre-order it here.
Watch the new video below.