How to Dress Well; less practical guide, more haunting RnB low-fi.
With a new album, ’Total Loss’, out in mid-September, Tom Krell (HTDW’s real-world name), road tested a few new tracks at an intimate (hot) gig at Dalston’s ‘perpetually-crammed new venue Birthdays‘ last week. HD put on our bestest outfit and went along, finding an artist fine-tuning his sound and reaching new creative heights. Krell’s faultless falsetto has carried plenty of his back catalogue but, on first hearing, the addition of some serious wall-of-sound backing will give his new album a more rounded feel.
Early leaks of this new material, ‘Cold Nites’ & ‘Ocean Floor For Everything‘, are more of a nod to the late-night electronica that first drew us in, wrapped as they were on the night in old favourites such as ‘Ready For The World’. Pop these on, maybe think about your favourite Olympic moments and have a good old cry. In a good way.
PhD-wielding sensitive soul Tom Krell, aka How to Dress Well, has served up some heart-achingly good crackly electronica over the past few years, pulled together in his debut album ‘Love Remains’. After a relatively output-lite six months (bar an excellent mix for Interview magazine, featuring reworks of A$AP Rocky, Future, the-Dream and Carly Rae Jepsen) he’s back with ‘Total Loss’, a new album out this autumn on Weird World.
Appetites are being whet by taster track ‘Ocean Floor for Everything’. It’s noticeably less low-fi (hi-fi?) than previous efforts but hasn’t lost any of HTDW’s trademark atmosphere: echoey falsetto vocals recall The Weeknd’s sense of angsty longing and Jai Paul’s bittersweet melodies – associations enhanced by the combination of tinny percussion, hazy distortion and guttural chanting. The overall effect is pretty intoxicating. Let Dr. Krell’s soundscapes ease you into the week.