tears of fear have shared a new single from their first studio album in 17 years. No Small Thing is the second track released by the British duo in recent months, following the title track from their highly anticipated comeback album, The Tipping Point.
And No Small Thing is a change of pace, with Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith bringing everything back to basics and using acoustic guitars to write a song that opens with neo folk, before heading into a more intense ending. and chaotic.
The accompanying video is inspired by Godfrey Reggio’s groundbreaking documentary Koyaanisqatsi (1982), and is drawn from found footage that depicts the inherent tension between personal freedom and collective responsibility.
“No Small Thing feels like it could have been a song from an acoustic folk album from the 70s or 60s with the way the track starts,” Smith explains. “The fact that we felt confident enough to go from there to the end of the song where it’s just utter chaos speaks to that feeling of freedom, and that’s our comfort zone musically.”
Written by Smith and Orzabal in early 2020, just as themes of personal freedom and collective responsibility would be at the center of public consciousness, No Small Thing began with a riff by Smith inspired by early Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash. Then, says Orzabal, it all came together with a song that had “the depth, heart and soul” to complete the album.
“It was the complete opposite of what we had been trying to do for many years – in search of the elusive, modern hit single,” says Orzabal. “We suddenly felt decluttered, free if you will, no longer worrying about the market, about success, but tapping into the influences of our childhood. That’s when the whole album started to open up. No Small Thing was the key, the thing that turned red and green.
The Tipping Point will be released on February 25, 2022 via Concord Records and is available for pre-order now.
Tears For Fears announced The Tipping Point World Tour last month, which will kick off in Ohio at the Riverbend Music Center on May 20, 2022, stopping off at numerous stops across the United States before heading to QE2. Telford Arena for a UK leg. See Tears For Fears for full dates and ticket information. And watch the video for The Tipping Point below.