New Chain - Jagjaguwar
FILTER Grade: 71%
By Breanna Murphy on December 6, 2010
As both Washed Out’s support and backing band this past spring, Small Black proved a pleasant experience, laying down enough solid beats and synth-drone from its excellent debut EP to awaken even the terminally zoned-out. And, yes, this restless long-player fidgets with essentially the same swoon-worthy ingredients, but it’s largely an overly complicated and wearisome listen that finds too comfortable a spot to settle itself in...and stays there (“Photojournalist”). Where’s the NoDoz? Chillwave may have officially become too chill, bros.