Small Black announces new album, Best Blues, shares “Boys Life” — listen

Plus, the Brooklyn outfit's mapped out a North American fall tour


    On October 16th, Small Black will return with its new album, Best Blues, via Jagjaguwar. The LP follows 2013’s Limits of Desire and serves as the group’s third. It was written and recorded at the Brooklyn natives’ home studio over the course of 12 months and was mixed by Nicolas Vernhes (The War on Drugs, Deerhunter).

    The 10-track effort is “about loss, the specific loss of precious people in our lives, but also the loss of memories and the difficult fight to preserve them,” according to a press release. The album artwork, seen above, shows a woman walking along the beach; it’s one of many “found photos” lead singer Josh Kolenik discovered after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and flooded his family’s home on Long Island.

    “I spent months trying to scan all these images and letters”, he says, “most covered with ocean dirt, and in doing so discovered what people often find in their family’s past: that they are a hell of a lot like those who’d come before.”


    As a preview of Best Blues, the synthpop outfit’s revealed “Boys Life”. Encapsulating the record’s themes of memories and memorabilia, the charging track was made using part of an old demo Small Black had recovered during a jam session. Listen in below.

    Best Blues Tracklist:
    01. Personal Best
    02. No One Wants It To Happen To You
    03. Boys Life
    04. The Closer I Look
    05. Big Ideas, Pt. 2
    06. Back at Belle’s
    07. Between Leos
    08. Checkpoints
    09. Smoke Around The Bend
    10. XX Century


    In support of Best Blues, the band will embark on a North American tour beginning in October.

    Small Black 2015 Tour Dates:
    10/11 – Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
    10/13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
    10/14 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
    10/16 – Austin, TX @ Red 7
    10/17 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
    10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
    10/21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
    10/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
    10/24 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
    10/26 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
    10/27 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
    10/28 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile Back Bar
    10/29 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
    10/30 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
    10/31 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
    11/02 – Kansas City, MO @ The Tank Room
    11/03 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
    11/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
    11/06 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
    11/07 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
    11/08 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
    11/10 – Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
    11/11 – Burlington, VT @ Signal Kitchen
    11/12 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
    11/21 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right