Long Island duo Josh Kolenik and Ryan Heyner are Small Black, a band that would doubtless balk at being described as “chillwave” now the genre has been thoroughly pummeled all across the Internet. And who could blame them? No one wants to be associated with a rapidly passing fad.
But “Bad Lover” is such an archetypal chillwave track that it could easily be offered up as an example of what to expect from the genre to anyone unfamiliar with it—hazy, indecipherable vocal? Check. Fuzzy guitar noise? Check. Bad ‘80s video game fonts in the video? Check. It’s not bad as such, it’s just difficult to distinguish Small Black from the huge wave of bands who are all making similar records at the present time.