During 2009, a handful of bands gained popularity through a form of simultaneously hazy and sunny synth pop — only to be cursed with an extremely dumb buzzword. Everyone knows this, but it’s been really fascinating to see (as we talked about recently) how bands like Neon Indian, Washed Out, and Memory Tapes have reacted to that buzz on their subsequent records. One originator that has been fairly quiet though is Small Black. Since their debut album we’ve heard a mixtape that pointed in some new directions, but now we have the band’s first single from their follow-up to New Chain. “Free At Dawn” is certainly a new direction for the group; they’ve polished away some of the rougher edges to their music to create something smoother, dreamier, and even more romantic. You’ll have to wait a few more months for the entire album, but this is a good sign that Small Black are pushing themselves into a new and bigger sound. Listen below and think about how perfect all this will sound once spring hits in May.

(Via Fader)

Limits Of Desire is out 5/14 via Jagjaguwar

Comments (3)
  1. Of all the post-chillwave identity reassignments, I’m most immediately allured by Small Black simply clarifying themselves and perfecting the pop elements in their sound to create, as mentioned, something that sounds bigger.

    I also like how hot the people up on the ladder look. She’s a beaut and dude’s got some worked out legs and what looks like a solid muscular core. Respect.

  2. While I enjoyed New Chain, it was essentially redundant. They had already perfected their own limited aesthetic with “Despicable Dogs.” So it’s good that they’re now moving toward something a little different.

  3. This cover is a BIG no!

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