Tennis - Swimmer
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2020 Ratings: #245 / 819
User Score
Based on 671 ratings
2020 Ratings: #287
Liked by 34 people
February 14, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Indie Pop / Genres
tennis-music.com / Website
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Northern Transmissions

Swimmer is easy to listen to and enjoy, but the ease ends there.

The Young Folks

The songs are reliably sunny and up-tempo like the best of Tennis singles of the past, but there is a perfect amount of weight here that keeps their brand of airy pop from floating away.


Tennis' Swimmer is a distillation of everything they do so well, and it further establishes them as a dynamic, sophisticated pop act worthy of even bigger stages.


Thanks to the life the duo breathed into the album with their dedication and passion, Swimmer should keep fans on their toes for sure.

The Arts Desk

There is something both healing and deeply relaxing in this clear-eyed music of light.


Throughout Swimmer, Moore and Riley’s love is treated like an inevitability, as natural and overwhelming as a rip tide.

Under The Radar

Parts of Swimmer may have been born of adversity, but Riley and Moore come up shining in the end.

Spectrum Culture

With Swimmer, they do little to reinvent any of their own wheels, but their way of presenting incremental progress and definition from one album to the next is deeply satisfying.

No Ripcord

Their latest album, Swimmer, confirms that it's business as usual for the outfit, though perhaps Tennis has become a touch more reflective and mature.


The duo continue their drift from lo-fi throwbacks to crisp modern pop, while maintaining the preoccupation with marital love that has animated their records since the beginning.

‘swimmer’ is tennis’ best record yet, as it peacefully presents its own style rather than forcing a perspective or agenda. this album is excellent, and it may be the best project 2020 had to offer.

the intimate songs of ‘swimmer’ are a refined collection of pop tunes with an indie, do-it-yourself attitude; this mental state of musical independence is reflected in tennis’ choice to self produce ‘swimmer’.

after working with multiple ... read more
Finally I can hear whatever the hell the Cocteau Twins are saying!
Welp, Happy Valentines Day Everybody!

Looking for a good Valentines Day record for your night? Tennis is the right choice and chances are they dropped it today on purpose (they've quite literally done it before). This baby is a lush, smooth record. It's nostalgic as a midnight drive with friends. Sneaking outside with your friends to sneak a puff of a cigarette. It's romantic. Swimmer is a late night dip in the pool. A silent smile to yourself when you're in the moment. It's nighttime. ... read more
Gorgeous album from Tennis. On the surface, it's a collection of 9 lovely tracks with warm production/ melodies but the writing is a lot different from previous work. With heavier themes of death and religious metaphors, there's a darkness to the album that makes their love songs feel a lot more grounded as they're getting older together and dealing with health scares and the loss of family members. Definitely my favorite album from the duo. They just keep getting better.

Faves: Need Your ... read more
The Tennis Duo did not just go through the trials, they braved them and came out of them much stronger. Before Swimmer I didn't find this band very interesting, it was good and rather fun, but apart from the hit singles and 2/3 songs here and there, Tennis didn't catch my attention because it was drowned out by the mass of indie pop bands that did similar things every year.

Paradoxically, life almost systematically forces you to go through difficult moments, through sorrows and questioning in ... read more
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Added on: November 8, 2019