Small Black Streams Best Blues Via NPR Music

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 whatBest Blues intent has been from the opening Casio stab: an attempt to re-examine the past, but also one to let it go.

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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