SMALL BLACK

The cover of Brooklyn-based Small Black's second LP, Limits of Desire, features a photo of a man and a woman embracing on either side of a ladder, completely naked, divided by its triangular arc. They're close, but they can't get any closer. It's a moving depiction of connectivity and interaction in the 21st century and it serves as a sort of source code for the record. Limits of Desire is Small Black's most accomplished album yet. It's a crystalline realization of a sound they've been building toward since their self-titled EP in 2009. Now a full-time four piece, Josh Hayden Kolenik (keys, vocals), Ryan Heyner (guitar, keys, vocals), Juan Pieczanski (bass, guitar) and Jeff Curtin (drums, percussion), the band have moved way beyond the hazy home recorded sound of their previous releases toward a full-fledged, but still self-produced, clear approach. Where 2010's New Chain was a lesson in maximalist pop, Limits of Desire finds the band trimming their sound to the essentials, yet hitting new and unexpected heights with the addition of live drums, electric guitar and trumpet to the existing Small Black palette. Tonally the songs sweep and glide over lush keys, bolstered by lyrics that illustrate the semi-abstract moments of lost opportunities and misread signs, hinted at by the cover image. The title track whirls softly, and channels luminaries Tears for Fears and The Blue Nile, anchored by Pieczanski's punchy bass as Kolenik sings: "Other lives droned/ far from the grass where I lay/ each eye stared out the opposite way." As much as the record is about looking for deeper connections, it's also about avoiding real life, if only for a moment--getting out of your own head just long enough to calm down and find perspective. "Free At Dawn" and "No Stranger" do what fans have come to love Small Black for, only better. They're smart pop bangers tinged with a specific brand of melancholy that slowly build to night-affirming climaxes. While "Breathless" ups the tempo, over synth stabs, with lyrics that tackle apathy and uncertainty with catchy grace: "I'm standing in tomorrow's way/ future's fine/least it seems okay." It paints a concise portrait of a generation struggling with unlimited freedom and malaise. The band builds on a rich history of synth pop by making a thoroughly modern album, on both the front and back end. One that seeks out cohesion, connection and calm in a world that won't sit still. Limits of Desire doesn't attempt to provide any solutions, but coming to terms with not finding the answers feels infinitely more fruitful.

LISTEN // Small Black Shares “Lines of Latitude” Remix By Dave Harrington

Listen to the new remix of Small Black‘s “Lines of Latitude” by Dave Harrington [Darkside] above or here on Soundcloud / Youtube.

Grab the new Real People EP from SC Distribution and iTunes.


TOUR DATES:
[tickets: jagjaguwar.com/tour]
06/21/14 Toronto, ON – NXNE @ The Garrison
06/23/14 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s w/ Snowmine
06/24/14 Allston, MA – Great Scott w/ Snowmine
07/11/14 Saugerties, NY – The Hudson Project
07/27/14 Seattle, WA – Capitol Hill Block Party

EP RELEASE // Small Black ‘Real People’ EP Out Now, On Tour Now

Small Black‘s Real People, a new 12″ and digital EP from the band which further delves into the sound heard on their 2013 full-length Limits of Desire, is out now worldwide.

Preview the new album by watching the video for the title track directed by Nick Bentgen, who previously directed Small Black‘s “Breathless” video. The newest continues his unique cinematic style with beautiful moving portraits of people exposed to some strange situations. See the video for “Real People” above or on YouTube.

Grab the new EP from SC Distribution and iTunes.

The band is on tour now with all dates listed below.


04/01 | Salt Lake City, UTKirby Court w/ Snowmine – TIX
04/02 | Denver, COHi-Dive w/ Snowmine – TIX
04/04 | Des Moines, IAVaudeville Mews w/ Snowmine – TIX
04/05 | St. Paul, MNTurf Club w/ Snowmine – TIX
04/06 | Chicago, ILSchubas w/ Snowmine – TIX
04/08 | Columbus, OHDouble Happiness w/ Snowmine
04/09 | Detroit, MIMagic Stick w/ Snowmine – TIX
04/10 | Ithaca, NYThe Haunt w/ Snowmine
04/11 | Montreal, QCClub Lambi w/ Snowmine
04/12 | Burlington, VTSignal Kitchen w/ Snowmine – TIX
04/13 | New York, NYBowery Ballroom w/ Snowmine – TIX

WATCH // Small Black Shares “Real People” Video Directed By Nick Bentgen, Stream ‘Real People’ EP via SPIN

Small Black premiered the video for “Real People”, the title track off of their new Real People EP. Directed by Nick Bentgen, who previously directed Small Black‘s “Breathless” video, continues his unique cinematic style with beautiful portraits of people exposed to some strange situations. Watch the video for “Real People” above or on YouTube.

You can stream the band’s new EP via SPIN right here.

Real People will be available on vinyl and digital formats on April 1st (March 31st in Europe). You can pre-order the new album from SC Distribution and iTunes.

The band is on tour right now stopping in San Francisco tonight at Rickshaw Stop and you can see all the tour dates by clicking read more. Copies of the new EP on vinyl 12″ will be available at all of the band’s upcoming tour dates with and Snowmine.
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WATCH // Small Black Plays “On The Mountain” Sessions For The Wild Honey Pie

Small Black joined The Wild Honey Pie crew up on a mountain to record a couple songs and today they shared the videos from those sessions. Watch out for Small Black, they’re pool sharks.

See the videos for “No Stranger”, “Sophie”, and for the first time ever online, “Reconstruction” above, on our YouTube, or on The Wild Honey Pie’s site.

If you missed it a few weeks ago, you can preview the new album with track “Lines of Latitude” with guest vocalist Frankie Rose above or on our Soundcloud.

Real People will be available on vinyl and digital formats on April 1st (March 31st in Europe). You can pre-order the new album from SC Distribution.

The band is on tour starting tomorrow night at Rock and Roll Hotel in DC and you can see all the tour dates by clicking read more. Copies of the new EP on vinyl 12″ will be available at all of the band’s upcoming tour dates with Oberhofer and Snowmine.
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U.K./EU: Clemence Renaut, Elastic Artists
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