Concert preview: Small Black uncovers some urgency on Limits of Desire

From the April 3, 2014 edition

The Brooklyn crew’s earliest material embraced the hazier qualities of the chill-wave movement. On last year’s Limits of Desire, however, the band finally started to wipe the sleep from its eyes. The vocals pushed towards the front, and the grooves were generally deeper and more pronounced. “Free at Dawn,” for one, built on a drum beat that almost approached urgency. Unfortunately this new sense of adventure didn’t quite carry over into the songwriting, and all the pretty textures couldn’t quite make up for the fact that the band had so little to say.

Snow Mine and The Halamays also perform.

Agnes Thor photo