Really excited today to be able to say that Chicago based musician Tom Krell, AKA How To Dress Well has joined Weird World. We’ve been friends and fans of Tom for as long as the label has existed (and quite a while longer besides) and so it’s an honour to be able to release his future recordings and generally participate in such a brilliant project.
Krell’s burgeoning career began in 2009 when, having just moved from Brooklyn to Berlin, his songs began to emerge online via a hugely prolific string of free digital EPs posted in anonymity on his blog. Combining a gorgeous falsetto with fractured R&B-influenced beats, an instinctive ear for subtly devastating melody and elements of noise, sound collage and avant-garde composition, Krell’s debut album Love Remains offered an equally beautiful and troubling window into a startlingly realised artistic imagination.
Praised for both its conceptual strength and immediate emotional resonance, Love Remains duly garnered vast critical acclaim and highlights such as “Ready For The World” and “Decisions” saw Krell accredited with having given birth to a new, narcotized strain of R&B that has since spawned a host of imitators.
Since Love Remains, Krell has toured the world, recorded with an orchestra (the Just Once EP, with proceeds going to raise awareness about mental illness) and, always prolific, written and recorded a lot of new music – all whilst continuing work on a philosophy doctorate.
Krell’s new album Total Loss will see release through Weird World in the Autumn of 2012 and includes the (really really) beautiful “Ocean Floor For Everything” which can be downloaded below. More details on this wonderful record soon!