Hauntingly beautiful. That is how I describe the sound that comes from Chicago-based Tom Krell, AKA How To Dress Well. A mix of R&B undertones, fuzzy lo-fi, falsetto vocals, and electronica, it doesn’t follow any structure other than that of heart and soul. When listening, you suspend your immediate reality and live in a world of memories, both memorable for their bliss as well as pain. Its nostalgic core reminds me of listing to the crackle and fuzz of a record spinning in place or watching leaves blow in the wind; it let’s me see and notice the grandeur in the small things that exist all around us in life.
“Ocean Floor For Everything” is latest single from the next album entitled Total Loss due out later this year. The album is the follow up to 2010’s ridiculously fantastic Love Remains record which featured one of my personal favorite songs ever written in “You Won’t Need Me Where I’m Going”. Here, Tom’s creative ingenuity gives us a breathtakingly beautiful R&B feel over drippy keyboards. Enjoy it below.
Written by Greg Dahman