Small Black – Boys Life (2015)

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The inspiration for the indie dream-pop band Small Black’s new single, “Boys Life,” which premieres here, was an overwhelming archival project undertaken by the group’s frontman, Josh Kolenik, in 2012: attempting to help clean out an old shed behind his father’s house in Long Island after Hurricane Sandy left it under five feet of water. “In the melting boxes and floating Sega Genesis games, I found a slew of images and letters of my parents that I’d never seen before — stuff that maybe nobody had seen in 20 to 30 years,” Kolenik explains. “I didn’t know who a lot of the figures in the photos were, or who the letters were to, so I spent a week out there trying to preserve and figure out the story.” With no power supply other than a small generator, he laid out nearly 1,000 photos to dry by the fireplace, then took them home to Brooklyn to blow-dry and try to make sense of them. “I scanned all of them, bay bottom residue and all, and attempted to solve the mystery that often eludes, even as it’s right there in front of us: Where did I come from? Who made me?” [Source]

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