Chillwave pioneers Small Black are back today with “The Bridge,”their latest single from their upcoming album Cheap Dreams. Cinematic and piano-driven, “The Bridge” opens up softly to reveal an energetic and driving rhythm section paired with explosive synths and the sweeping harmonic vocal layers of singer Josh Kolenik. The wistful and nostalgic video for “The Bridge” was directed by Samuel Stonefield and stars Rece Delo.
The video premiered today via NYLON who said “’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.”
Josh Kolenik of Small Black says “The Bridge was the first track we wrote for ‘Cheap Dreams,’ emerging from a piano motif & post-punk bass line into a propulsive beat that marks new ground for the band. The lyric is written from the perspective of my Uncle Matt, who starred in the band’s first music video “Despicable Dogs” in 2009. Matt was a legendary surfer, board shaper, and my boyhood idol – the king of the Long Beach boardwalk. For the last few years of his life, following a sudden stroke, he was stuck surf casting for stripers on the beach instead of out there in the waves. The song is about holding onto the optimism that another wave is coming down the pipe.”
“With the video, we tried to get into a world close to the one Matt inhabited, but rooted in our own NYC summers spent often at the breaks of Rockaway Beach.” Adds Kolenik. “The architectural loneliness of Rockaway puts it directly between the urbanity of New York and the crash of the waves right in front of it. Director Samuel Stonefield, a long time videographer for Vice News, brought his shrewd eye to capture a postcard of the spirit of the slower autumn season at the shore. We follow actor Rece Delo, (TikTok lord / avid skater & surfer) on a solitary day spent hunting joy in the small moments of being alone and the freedom of going exactly where the day takes you… and nowhere else.”
Cheap Dreams is Small Black’s first new album in five years and is described as a “Long Island gothic surf epic.” Cheap Dreams will be released on April 9th, 2021 via their new label, the vaporwave upstart 100% Electronica.