- Neil Cooper
- 24 May 2011
Japanese duo/couple Saya and Ueno Takashi who have released eight albums
Who are Tenniscoats?
They’re a charming Japanese duo made up of real life couple Saya and Ueno Takashi, who, over the last decade, have released eight albums of their prolific songsmithery as well as playing with fellow traveller Maher Shalal Hash Baz and others in the fecund Japanese alt-pop scene.
And what do they sound like?
Think stripped-down indie-folk whimsy, gently lilting female vocals and a set of organically generated miniatures that may be fragile in construction, but which never fail to captivate. Music to swoon to, basically. But quietly.
And what’s the Scottish connection?
Well, the Takashis have been regular visitors here ever since they bumped into Glasgow’s über-DIY veterans and long-time supporters of Japanese pop The Pastels, later playing with them at the much missed Triptych festival and collaborating on the Two Sunsets album in 2009. Prior to this, they took part in a Scottish Arts Council Tune Up tour with Bill Wells throughout Easter 2007, playing such out of the way haunts as Tobermory on Mull, the wide open spaces of which were tailor-made for Tenniscoats’ low-key elegance.
And now they’re back?
They can’t keep away, especially with two of Scotland’s favourite micro-indie promoters, Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails, at the helm of things on the back of this year’s Tokinoutas album. They’ve even found a suitably community-minded venue to host things in. It’s a match made in heaven. Or Tokyo. Though most likely Glasgow.
Cry Parrot and Tracer Trails present Tenniscoats at Garnethill Multi-Cultural Centre, Glasgow, Sat 18 Jun. www.tenniscoats.com