The project evolved into a fully-fledged touring act, consisting of Kolenik (vox/keys), Ryan Heyner (guitar/keys), Juan Pieczanski (bass/guitar), and Jeff Curtin (drums), and this live influence showed on their debut Jagjaguwar LP, 2010's New Chain. The loopy, weeded-out album found the band messing around with hip hop drums & samples, which they further explored on 2011's Moon Killer mixtape, collaborating with rapper Heems.
Pulling from the 80s pastiche of The Blue Nile & Talk Talk, SB upped their production chops, writing, recording & mixing 2013’s Limits of Desire themselves with the anthemic "No Stranger" & "Breathless" leading the way. 2015's Best Blues, highlighted by "Boys Life," followed further down this sophisti-pop path, adding more organics & a little goth energy to the mix.
2020 finds Small Black back in the game with a brand new label, 100% Electronica. New single "Tampa" harks back to the pop of Tears for Fears, through the lens of a Florida trip gone wrong. Working with mixer Nicolas Vernhes again, the band is hard at work on a new batch of material, set to arrive next year.