Brooklyn outfit Small Black is dusting the frost of its chillwave label with Limits of Desire, out May 14th on Jagjaguwar. The thaw began on the band’s Moon Killer mixtape, gained warmth on the first taste of the new album, “Free at Dawn”, and now melts right onto the dance floor with their latest heat seeker, “No Stranger”.
Out of a swirl of synths and cries from guitars comes a bassline sauntering its way to the hardwood. Percussion kicks steadily in the background, and there’s an airy twist on a Chromatics-via-New Order feel. As singer Josh Kolenick coos, “Take me through your barricades/Push me through your city walls/Take me, I can be whoever you want/You’re no stranger to me,” Small Black have embraced warmth and personal growth in their new life as a synth-pop band. Check it out below.
In addition to a new album, the band is coming out with a new — wait for it — saison. The beer is being produced as part of Stillwater Artisanal’s Sensory Series, pairing “singular musical artists” and the Baltimore brewers (you may remember Lower Dens as the first band-beer collab). Inspired by the Limits of Desire track “Breathless”, the beer is a black saison but “extremely light bodied”, with a “dry, slightly fruity, spicy finish… Perfect for those late-night summer parties.” Better yet, purchase of the beer includes a QR code to view a live video of “Breathless”.
Enjoy one of those beers when Small Black hit the road in support of Limits of Desire later this month. The outing kicks off May 10th with a gallery show/record release party featuring multi-media projects from frequent collaborators like album cover artist Morgan Blair and frequent photographer Agnes Thor (head here for more info). Consult the full schedule below.
Small Black 2013 Tour Dates:
05/10 – Brooklyn, NY @ 7 Dunham Gallery Art Show
05/29 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
05/30 – Montreal, QC @ Club Lambi *
05/31 – Toronto, ON @ Wrong Bar *
06/01 – Ferndale, MI @ The Loving Touch *
06/03 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas *
06/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center *
06/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
06/08 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza *
06/09 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar *
06/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop *
06/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
06/14 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar *
06/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ Last Exit Live *
06/17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada *
06/18 – Austin, TX @ Red 7 *
06/19 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
06/21 – New Orleans, LA @ Hi@ho Lounge *
06/22 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn *
06/23 – Nashville, TN @ Exit In *
06/24 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 *
06/25 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel *
06/26 – Philadelphia, PA @ Morgan’s Pier *
06/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
* = w/ Heavenly Beat