Abum cover artwork for Tears for FearsWe didn’t expect to be slugged quite so hard in the heart this morning, but kudos to Tears for Fears for making it happen with No Small Thing.

It’s the second single from the band’s first album in 17 years, entitled The Tipping Point, which is – to put it mildly – rabidly anticipated by all and sundry.

So, according to bandmembers Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, what is this no small thing?

Freedom.

The chorus lyrics continue: “We punish the child for flying to high/ for rushing like the wind/ Reason gonna bind you/ Cripple and confine you/ Listen as your poor heart breaks.”

The song starts with an innocuous folk guitar and then builds and blisters into something wholly chaotic but simmering with beauty, accompanied by a clip that offers a kind of Samsara-esque view of our world. (Warning: it’s gorgeous, but there’s some harrowing stuff in there too.)

Here’s what Roland has to say about the track’s creation: “In early 2020, Curt and I sat down together with just a couple of acoustic guitars. The first time in decades. We needed a meeting of minds, a coming together psychically. We were literally going back to the drawing board looking for some depth, heart and soul with which to complete our album. Curt came up with this simple folk/country riff, a little bit Dylan, a little bit Johnny Cash, and then we were off. It was the complete opposite of what we had been trying to do for many years – searching for the elusive, modern hit single. We felt suddenly unencumbered, free if you like, no longer worrying about the market, about success, but drawing on influences from our childhoods. It was at this point that the whole album started opening up. No Small Thing was the key, the thing that turned a red light green.”

Curt adds to that poetic prose: “No Small Thing feels like it could have been a song from a ’70s or ’60s acoustic folk album, with how the track starts. The fact that we felt confident enough to go from there to the end of the song to where it’s just absolute mayhem speaks to that sense of freedom, and that’s our comfort zone musically.”

Watch the clip below, and head to JB’s site to pre-order your copy of The Tipping Point which is available on JB-exclusive green vinyl (pictured above), as well as yer regular black vinyl and also CD.

The Tipping Point by Tears for Fears is out Feb 25 via Concord Records.

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