Technology has done wonders for bedroom musicians. Low cost electronic instruments have allowed them to have more at their disposal than just a 4-track and a guitar. Ryan Heyner and Josh Kolenik, the individuals that make up Small Black, could probably write dreamy bedroom pop with standard instruments and make a pretty compelling record; and perhaps it's that innate songwriting ability that has helped them stand out from the rest of the chill crowd, as they take their songs and layer on electronic haze and reverb. The sheer pop of the songs makes them accessible, no matter what is layered on top.
Though they get lumped together with buzz bands in the chill-wave scene, Small Black seem destined to move beyond that, as they have recently added additional members to the ensemble. With plaintive lyrics, and use of electronics as a songwriting tool, Small Black can perhaps most closely be compared to The Notwist, but are more rough around the edges.
Recommended If You Like:
Small Black - Bad Lover
Cloud Nothings, a dirtier version of The Notwist, small things, catchy fuzz
when you first wake up and are trying to get your bearings as the alarm is sounding.
Listen to When:
you're tired of listening to sad-bastard-gloomy-day music, and need to transition to something more uplifting.
Vinyl the Cat says:
There's a ringing in my ears! AH!
Small Black - Pleasant Experience