“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.”
“beautiful… it conjures all of the hazy, bittersweet nostalgia of uncovering a lost, faded photo of someone you love.”
– Gorilla vs. Bear
Small Black’s new album, Best Blues, is set for release on October 16th via Jagjaguwar. They’ve already shared the seismic lead single, “Boys Life,” which shot up the Hype Machine popular chart and is currently in Sirius XMU’s Top 10. Today, they unveil their pristine new single, “No One Wants It To Happen To You,” via SPIN.
Lead singer Josh Kolenik says of the song, “‘No One Wants It To Happen To You’ was meant as a mantra. Something an older, wiser friend told you once that you might cling to in order to get through a terrible situation. The phrase you keep folded up in your pocket, letting you know better will surely come.”
“Simple and plain spoken, it’s about separating yourself from yourself and taking a second to stand and gape at the bottom, knowing that you might be there for awhile, but that it is a place from which you can rise,” he continues.
Best Blues finds the band in their sweet spot: the smoky intersection of considered and vulnerable songwriting and loose, almost nonchalant ambience. The music of “No One Wants It To Happen To You” sits right at the aesthetic heart of Best Blues, focused on acoustic guitar and piano, adding real space to the dreamscape Small Black have been designing from day one.
Catch Small Black on tour this fall in support of Best Blues. A full list of dates is below.
SMALL BLACK TOUR DATES:
(info and tickets 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
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.
The band is on tour now with all dates listed below.
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.
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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No One Wants It To Happen To You by Small Black
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New Haven, CT - BAR
New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
Philadelphia, PA - Coda
Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel
Birmingham, AL - Saturn
Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
Nashville, TN - The High Watt
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