Sound it Out # 56: Small Black - “Free at Dawn” (free MP3)
Small Black’s new album Limits of Desire is seemingly at odds with itself. It’s bombastic yet intimate. The songs are slick-sounding but minimally-produced. Parts of the record feel like they could be inspirational theme songs from a 1980s John Hughes film, while others are much more quiet and mysterious. Yet this bashing-together of disparate styles somehow works; get past the Brooklyn indie-rock exterior and you have a bunch of anthemic, hit-worthy songs.
I find myself singing along the title phrase of “Free at Dawn” even though I have no idea what it means. Maybe you will too. Free download below for two days only!
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