SMALL BLACK’S ‘LIMITS OF DESIRE’ ALBUM AND VIDEO FOR ‘NO STRANGER’

SMALL BLACK’S ‘LIMITS OF DESIRE’ ALBUM AND VIDEO FOR ‘NO STRANGER’

Joe GransingerSaturday,22 June 2013

The Snap:

Last month, Brooklyn-based indie group Small Black released their sophomore album, Limits of Desire. The new release alters the groups’ sound from their chillwave-inspired debut of 2010, and takes a new direction towards indie-pop. The band has also released a video for the hit track No Stranger, which features a lovely story about a missed opportunity that has happened to us all before.

The Download:

As Small Black continues to distance themselves from the chillwave fiasco, Limits of Desire pushes the four-piece band towards an all new sound that’s much cleaner, poppier, and easier to listen to than their debut album. In fact, it’s almost too easy to listen to, as only a few of the tracks stand out among a very crowded and growing indie genre.

No Stranger happens to be one of the highlight songs from the collection. All the smooth synths and indie-pop vocals are fantastically easy on the ears – as is the entire album – and it carries much more emotion than Small Black has ever injected into their music before.

Unfortunately, those wonderfully smooth synths and vocals blend the entire 10-track album into one big 45-minute song that is… decent. Other than No Stranger, only a few songs (Proper Spirit, Breathless, Outskirts) are worth listening to individually, but as a whole, the album creates a very calming and focused sound that is quite good.

The problem with Limits of Desire is that it doesn’t jump out at you and demand your attention, and it doesn’t really entice you to keep listening. If you’re looking for background music while you do homework or check your email, this may be perfect, but if you’re looking for nicely crafted music to focus on and enjoy, there are plenty of better options out there.

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