Drawing from the best elements of pop-punk and indie rock while still feeling genuine and introspective, Tennis System’s “Dizzy” proves his ability to connect with audiences in a time of isolation and loneliness. Inspired by the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and self-exploration, the track describes worrisome feelings without weighing too heavily on the listener, making it relatable in both a post-quarantine world and the pre-pandemic reality we once knew.
“‘Dizzy’ is about the time I had during the pandemic to reflect on myself,” Matty Taylor, who performs as Tennis System, shares. “I used that time to really dive deep inside me and decide what I wanted out of life, or what’s left of it. The video for ‘Dizzy’ is meant to show my perspective of the day of a show. The things I typically do the day of a show, from the Yerba mate I drink to the tacos I eat. How I find peace before the chaos.”
The authentic track is the latest offering from Autophobia, Tennis System’s first album since 2019’s Lovesick. With help from fellow singer-songwriter Chadwick Johnson, the record, which is named after the fear of being alone, tackles finding yourself in such a trying time during the pandemic.
“You [could] see the desperation,” Taylor says of 2020. “Relationships were falling apart. You saw people doing Instagram Live every day just to feel a connection to people, to feel relevant, to fulfil some craving to not be alone. It’s autophobia in and of itself.”