In 2008, I was floating around from job to job, thinking of what sorts of songs to do, where to do them. I ended up in Greece on the island of Santorini, minding after a little bookstore called Atlantis Books. Through the kindness of the shop’s patrons, I was able to stay there rent free for the winter, working on music, gazing out onto the Mediterranean every morning as I woke, organizing & reading through the books, shelved below the bed where I slept. Have never been closer to utopia! Probably won’t be again!
My time there was hugely instrumental in coming up with the songs that would become the first Small Black material. Songs like Hydra & Baby Bird Pt II are loaded with samples of field recordings I’d make on my hikes around the island. The calm of my simple life there gave me the space/clarity to focus. And the blind faith the small group of friends had in creating the shop is beyond inspiring.
That said, the shop is in danger of closing, due to some tax changes & the growth of e-readers! A donation drive is underway through Atlantis’s IndieGoGo site. Watch the video, give a few bucks if you can, and try to figure out some way to get yourself to Santorini to see the place! ::
IT’S TOO SAD TO THINK ABOUT THIS PLACE NOT EXISTING!
— JOSH BLK