Wednesday, September 29, 2010
How To Dress Well - Love Remains
Well now, here's the surprise of the year.
How To Dress Well is the lo-fi bedroom recordings of Tom Krell, which dabbles in dreamy electronica and R'n'B. The gritty production and musical aesthetic is somewhat similar to Burial, if less beat driven, instead more focused on the vocals - vocals that wouldn't be out of place on a Bon Iver album.
Love Remains strains under it's lo-fi production, crackling and clipping as Krell's voice reaches it's peak, however the production never holds the music back. In fact, it's almost the opposite: the gritty recording quality does more than just confirm this as an authentic bedroom recording, it stresses the emotive peaks in what would otherwise be an overly dreamy soundscape.
If you need anymore convincing after the earlier comparisons, then.... well...
It's really good.