Made up of Daniel Lien and Daniel Eriksen, Small Boy is one of Norway‘s most underrated bands right now, unfortunately, but also one of those amazing bands. The band, which has released only three singles so far, successfully reveals its signature in all three tracks. Even when we listen to the single “Bobby Go Home” released in November 2020. Even if we listen to the track for ten seconds, we indeed feel the tune and the similarity to The Smiths. Perhaps we could call it a more Nordic and contemporary interpretation of The Smiths. So far, Small Boy proved how skillful they are in songwriting with their single “Doing Alright”, which they released on April 23, and transported us to the 80s with his mature melodic indie tones. It is possible to feel the wonderful harmony between the two Daniels even from the studio recordings.
Daniel Lien and Daniel Eriksen, who meet around British synth-rock, social democracy, writing lyrics about Yuri Gagarin, unbearable loneliness, and friendship, seem to form the sound universe of Small Boy on this route. When we listen to the three singles that Small Boy has released so far, we can imagine the EP slowly taking shape. Although these three singles, written and released at different times, have different tones, they give us a general idea about Small Boy when we look at the big picture. The last single of the band “Mostly Ghosted” is more lively and danceable. As in the lyrics, perhaps the story takes place at a party. In a two-way relationship, it’s like one side is more committed to the relationship. While listening to Small Boy, we feel many conflicting emotions at the same time, and we are very pleased with it.