I know. “Not another hipster band from Brooklyn. Oh great, and they’re chillwave too. I hate them already.”
I understand your trepidation, but let’s take a step back and give Small Black a chance. Actually, they’ve got quite a head start with last year’s self-released single “Despicable Dogs” getting all kinds of love from Pitchfork. And they hooked up with fellow chillwaver Earnest Greene, or Washed Out, for a split 7″ and even toured as his backing band.
Now they’re back with a proper debut album, set for an October 26 release from Jagjaguwar. New Chain takes the chillwave template and turns it up a notch. The filtered vocals and retro keys are there, but the energy and songcraft are more engaging.
Lead single “Photojournalist”, which you can download here, is a great headphone track with thundering drums and chiming synth:
Small Black really hit their stride on the title track, a syrupy, hazy dance floor anthem:
Is New Chain a revelation? No. But it is a fantastic debut from a group of kids who just happen to be from Brooklyn.