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 their new label, the vaporwave upstart 100% Electronica. To celebrate the announcement, the band has shared their newest single, “Duplex,” a song that dreamily captures an abstract portrayal of urban loneliness and small town parking lot isolation. Accompanying the single is the Ryan Draybuck directed video, a stop motion film that brings the new album’s cover art to life. Listen to “Duplex” here and watch the video HERE. Pre-order for Cheap Dreams is available now HERE and you can also snag a limited edition Red Rain® Vinyl via 100% Electronica HERE.
“We finished writing & recording ‘Duplex’ way before the world shut down last March,” says lead singer Josh Kolenik, “but the lyrics seemed oddly prophetic to me as we were doing the final mix. ‘Walking in the house alone – Pray on the ottoman – Amen for one’ I was originally thinking about the absurdity of feeling alone amid the 9 million of us in NYC and yet suddenly, we were all isolated without much of a choice in the matter. In those weeks spent listening to the quiet out our Brooklyn windows, only broken by the occasional siren, unsure where the city or the world was headed, the song took on a new meaning.