SMALL BLACK

Gracing the cover of Brooklyn band Small Black's new record, a mysterious woman walks alone on the dunes at dusk, amid pockmarked sand. She's the subject of a found photo, one of many rescued with the warmth of a blow dryer and a fireplace, by singer Josh Hayden Kolenik after Hurricane Sandy flooded his family's Long Island home. The faded image offers clues and invites viewers to construct their own narrative, one that escapes even the picture's taker, Kolenik's father.

WATCH // ‘Best Blues’ Released Worldwide, Small Black Share “No One Wants It To Happen To You” Video

Kolenik is hovering somewhere above and beyond us, commenting omnisciently yet powerlessly on human folly and loss. It’s a testament to Small Black’s knack for pop architecture that the band can make it all sound so breezy.”
NPR Music

Small Black’s new album, Best Blues, is out today on Jagjaguwar after streaming in full via NPR Music’s First Listen series the past week. In celebration of release day, the band is sharing a new video for the album’s second single, “No One Wants It To Happen To You,” via NYLON.

Director William Colby says,

“With the video, I wanted to explore our complex relationship with water: We are in awe of it, we need it to live, yet it can kill us and destroy our homes. Through juxtaposing and blending water footage with an intimate performance, I attempted to tie this idea into the main themes of the band’s album.”

Small Black is currently on tour in support of Best Blues and a full list of dates is below. They cap off their North American run with two headline shows in their hometown of Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right on November 20th and 21st.

Buy Best Blues now:
via Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local record store

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
Sun. Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar *
Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre *
Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *
Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Fri. Nov. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

* w/ Painted Palms

LISTEN // Small Black Streams ‘Best Blues’ Via NPR Music

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Small Black’s new album, Best Blues, is currently streaming via NPR Music’s First Listen series ahead of its October 16th release on Jagjaguwar. The band’s third full-length release was written and recorded at their Brooklyn home studio and mixed by Nicholas Vernhes (War on Drugs, Deerhunter) of Rare Book Room Studio. Lead single “Boys Life” is an absolute stunner having racked up over 480,000 Spotify plays and 332,000 SoundCloud streams and spending ample time in Sirius XMU’s Top 10 and on the Hype Machine popular chart. Best Blues finds Small Black in their sweet spot: the smoky intersection of considered and vulnerable songwriting and loose, almost nonchalant ambience.

The addition of piano flourishes, trumpet (Darby Cicci of The Antlers), hidden acoustic guitars and Kaede Ford’s ethereal vocals provide new dimensions to the band’s already expansive sonic palette. Cut-to-the-chase rippers “Back at Belle’s” and “Checkpoints” embody and build on the group’s signature gritty yet focused electronic sound. While the more pastoral tracks, such as “Between Leos,” and “XX Century,” skeletally based on recorded improvisations, find the band painting a more nuanced, assured aural portrait. The repeating of the line “twentieth century” on closer “XX Century” serves as a coda for the album, offering a simple summation of what Best Blues intent has been from the opening Casio stab: an attempt to re-examine the past, but also one to let it go.

Order Best Blues:
Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local record store

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(more info and tix here)

Sun. Oct. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Tue. Oct. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
Sun. Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar *
Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah *
Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre *
Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *
Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Fri. Nov. 20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

* w/ Painted Palms

WATCH // Small Black Share Video For “Boys Life”

Small Black shares a stunning new video for their spectacular lead single, “Boys Life,” from their forthcoming album, Best Blues (out October 16th on Jagjaguwar). Premiered by The FADER, the video was directed by the inimitable Nick Bentgen who has been working with the band since its inception in 2009. Starting with the Despicable Dogs video from the Small Black EP, Bengten and the band have collaborated on three other videos since then.

Small Black lead singer Josh Kolenik says of Bentgen, “He functions almost as a fifth band member, assigning images to the sounds that come out of our heads, populating them with sprawling casts and endless locales, yet never missing the quiet moment. With ‘Boys Life,’ he’s getting at a simple reflection on being young, and the many identities we all try out on our paths to figuring out how we might be. Falling through the city on the way to our lives.

The “Boys Life” video perfectly captures the vibrancy and freshness of Small Black’s music proving that on their third album they are still evolving and embracing the unpredictable. The result is Small Black in their sweet spot: the smoky intersection of considered and vulnerable songwriting and loose, almost nonchalant ambience.

Pre-Order Best Blues Now:
Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Support your local record store

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(tix and info here)
Sun. Oct. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Tue. Oct. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
Sun. Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar *
Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *
Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, TV @ Signal Kitchen *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

* w/ Painted Palms

 

LISTEN // Small Black Shares New Single “Back At Belle’s”

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“hazy and beautiful, seeming to exist in some kind of liminal space.”
The New York Times’ T Magazine

“another sparkling gem of widescreen, starry-eyed synthpop from a band who’ve been crafting such gems for years.”
Stereogum

“beautiful… it conjures all of the hazy, bittersweet nostalgia of uncovering a lost, faded photo of someone you love.”
Gorilla vs. Bear

Small Black continues to march towards the release of their new album, Best Blues, on October 16th via Jagjaguwar. They’ve already released two excellent singles,Boys Lifeand No One Wants It To Happen To You,” and today, they’re sharing a third, Back At Belle’s, via Noisey.

Small Black’s North American headline tour in support of Best Blues kicks off next month. A full list of dates is below.

Pre-order Best Blues:
via Jagjaguwar // iTunes // Amazon // Your local indie store

SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(more info and links here)

Sun. Oct. 11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter *
Tue. Oct. 13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
Wed. Oct. 14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa *
Fri. Oct. 16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
Sat. Oct. 17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
Sun. Oct. 18 – San Antonio, TX @ 502 Bar *
Tue. Oct. 20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar *
Wed. Oct. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Fri. Oct. 23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Sat. Oct. 24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
Mon. Oct. 26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge *
Tue. Oct. 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Wed. Oct. 28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile – Back Bar *
Thu. Oct. 29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux *
Fri. Oct. 30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge *
Sat. Oct. 31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge *
Mon. Nov. 2 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room *
Tue. Nov. 3 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill *
Wed. Nov. 4 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry *
Fri. Nov. 6 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall *
Sat. Nov. 7 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory *
Sun. Nov. 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison *
Tue. Nov. 10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa *
Wed. Nov. 11 – Burlington, TV @ Signal Kitchen *
Thu. Nov. 12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
Sat. Nov. 21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right *

* w/ Painted Palms

Boys Life by Small Black

Real People by Small Black

Breathless by Small Black

No Stranger by Small Black

Free At Dawn by Small Black

Photojournalist by Small Black

Despicable Dogs by Small Black

Bad Lover by Small Black

Back At Belle's by Small Black
No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
Boys Life by Small Black
Lines of Latitude by Small Black
Free At Dawn by Small Black
Despicable Dogs by Small Black
Search Party by Small Black
Photojournalist by Small Black

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U.S.: Marshall Betts
Windish Agency, marshall@windishagency.com

U.K./EU: Clemence Renaut, Elastic Artists
clemence@elasticartists.net

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