When I talked to Small Black singer Josh Kolenik about writing lyrics, he said the fallibility of memory made this hard, because his recollections were either idealized or inaccurate or otherwise hazy. That fallibility became a theme on New Chain, and on the video for “Photojournalist.” For this clip director Yoonha Park shot footage with one actress, then, several weeks later, had a different actress try to recreate the same footage, but without referring to the original. Even the rhythm and melody of the song seem to pitch up and down, as if it’s drifting out of time.

New Chain is out now via Jagjagwuar.

On tour:
02/08 Morgantown, WV @ 123 Pleasant Street
02/25 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory w/ Sun Airway, Arches
02/26 Haverford, PA @ Haverford College, Lunt Basement w/ Liam the Younger
03/10 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 w/ Cults, Sun Airway
03/11 Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn w/ Cults, Sun Airway
03/12 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree w/ Cults, Sun Airway
03/13 New Orleans, LA @ The Saturn Bar w Cults, Toro Y Moi, Sun Airway, Cloud Nothings
03/14 Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon w/ Cults, Sun Airway
03/15 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s w/ Cults, Sun Airway
03/16 Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/17 Austin, TX (SXSW)
03/18 Austin, TX (SXSW)

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Comments (4)
  1. great idea and a skillful realization!

  2. Love it.

    Small Black > Big Black

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