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Small Black - Cheap Dreams Cassette (pre-order) - Fuglestadphotography
Small Black - Cheap Dreams Cassette (pre-order) - Fuglestadphotography
Small Black - Cheap Dreams Cassette (pre-order) - Fuglestadphotography

Small Black - Cheap Dreams Cassette

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Chillwave pioneers Small Black are returning with their first new album in five years. Cheap Dreams, described as a “Long Island gothic surf epic,” will be released on April 9th, 2021 via Fuglestadphotography.

Founded in 2009 Brooklyn, Small Black were at the forefront of the chillwave scene of the early 2010s. Making their way through three LPs and multiple incarnations of the band, they became a touring machine across America and overseas throughout the last decade. After five years, Cheap Dreams finds the band taking stock on where they’re from and where they’ve ended up. The album pays tribute to Kolenik’s uncle, a passionate surfer whose attic in Long Island was used for making their first album. Shortly after the release of their 2015 album, he passed from a stroke while at the beach and a good chunk of the record is about his life and how it reflects on the band’s choice to try to live out theirs as musicians.

Album Tracklist:

  1. Tampa 05:14 stream
  2. Duplex 03:52 stream
  3. Postcard 04:34
  4. Waterworks 01:24
  5. Driftwood Fire 05:10
  6. The Bridge 04:44 stream
  7. Service Merchandise 03:14
  8. Cheap Dreams 03:42
  9. Nobody Loves You 04:57
  10. Dunes 01:13
  11. Song To Ruin 05:02


Critical Reception:

'If you are looking for some dreamy ass synth-pop, give it a listen" -The Needle Drop

“'The Bridge' is a chillwave ode to New York's magical Rockaway beach... It's a contemplative and transportive track at its core — if you close your eyes, it's almost like you can feel the ocean breeze on your face." - NYLON

"Small Black’s new jam “The Bridge” is a soft, gentle, contemplative number built on soft pianos and bleary washes of guitar. It’s pretty." - Stereogum

 finds Small Black at their most widescreen and evocative, and it shimmers with the kind of wistful, youthful nostalgia that the group has always been so good at conjuring.' - Gorilla vs. Bear

'a thumping and appropriately dreamy return from the band.' -Stereogum on 'Tampa'

'hypnotic and evocative' -Paste on Duplex