Tennis! The most melancholy sport of all sports. People dressed in all-white moving in pained silence across a court while people (probably also in white) sit quietly in the audience, occasionally gasping. It’s pristine and intense and nerve wracking, which is also a good way to describe ceo’s music. Here, in his ode to tennis beauty Maria Sharapova, he covers (in the most liberal sense) Blondie’s “Maria.” There’s also a video, which features tennis voyeurism that is probably just regular footage with messed up color contrast. In the hands of ceo, however, it comes across as unsettling, beautiful, pained love. Just like the song.
Stream: ceo, “Ave Maria”