new chain is the debut long-player from new york s small black. richly coloured and thickly layered, it is an absorbing, eclectic and obsessive body of work. the brooklyn group have succeeded in melting together locked and popped drum-shudder, gauzy spirographic synths and subtly contagious, half-remembered melody into ebullient bursts of evocative, subliminal and thoroughly modern pop. the songs are equally informed by the rhythmic bounce and stylistic swagger of more left-leaning contemporary radio rap and r n b as it is the submerged kaleidoscopic swirl of the early 4ad dream factory.
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pieces / houses marks the second single from farm, dinosaur jr.s critically acclaimed long player on jagjaguwar. featuring more bizarro artwork from renowned poster artist marq spusta, the 7inch includes an exclusive b side of dinosaur jr.s cover of houses, originally written & recorded by elyse in 1968. if beyond was dinosaur jr.s return to form, farm is proof that this band continues to deliver that which makes rock worth cranking to 11. at times wholly 70s guitar epic, at times perfect for sitting by a babbling brook with joni and neil, farm encompasses dinosaur jr.s signature palette - soaring and distorted guitar, unshakable hooks, honey rich melodies, songs that get into your head and, bouncing around happily, stay there. farm is propelled by the unique energy of one of americas greatest living rock bands hitting their stride. the farm session was recorded in j mascis bisquiteen studio in amherst, massachusetts, and was produced by mascis.