There seems to be a rise again in the popularity of pop-R&B in the current musical soundscape. Young artists such as the talented Sam Smith have recently attained huge buzz status due to heart-wrenching songs (as well as his amazing vocal pipes). The same resurgence of R&B is happening as well within the indie music world. One of the forebearers of the indie R&B scene is Tom Krell through his alter-ego How To Dress Well.
How To Dress Well first burst onto the scene in 2010 with his magnificent debut record Love Remains, which collected some of his best songs from his earlier releases. His sophomore followup Total Loss showcases Krell’s continued maturity in his songwriting and this growth is continued in his newest record “What Is This Heart?”. The skill in Krell’s songwriting lies in its emphatic fragility and emotional connections. And “What Is This Heart?” takes these emotions and magnifies them onto its cinematic scope. The sadness and devastation in the songs feels especially palpable in these new scope. If you like R&B, How To Dress Well is here for you.
How To Dress Well is coming to St Louis. He will be playing at The Luminary on 9/22 (tickets here)
Watch the video for first single Repeat Pleasure (which is part 1 of a 3-part video) embedded below
How To Dress Well – “Where Is This Heart?” comes out 6/24 via Domino (order here)