Small Black Give Us A Chillwave Portrait Of Loneliness In “Duplex”

From their upcoming album ‘Cheap Dreams’

Photo: Caroline Mathis

NYC quartet illustrate the hazy and dreamy state of isolation we’ve been feeling this past year in their new single “Duplex.” Awash in smoky ambience, “Duplex” is Xanax to our ears as the lyrics seem to mirror our own thoughts when we’re all on our own. The track comes with a stop motion video directed by Ryan Draybuck, which brings into life their upcoming album’s cover art. Check it out:

“We finished writing & recording ‘Duplex’ way before the world shut down last March,” shared 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.”

“Duplex” is from Small Black’s upcoming album Cheap Dreams, which will be out on April 9th.