How to Dress Well
How to Dress Well is the work of Tom Krell, a 27-year-old PHD student based in Cologne, Germany, but born in Chicago. Beginning in 2009, Krell started to turn out free EPs online, in which he minted a 'hipster R&B' sound.
His debut album, Love Remains, was released in 2010 on Lefse in the United States and Tri Angle in Europe and Asia. It received a score of 8.7 and the "Best New Music" designation from music review site Pitchfork Media. Stereogum recognized him as one of its "40 Best Bands of 2010". Spin gave it 8 out of 10 stars, calling it "as meditative as it is evocative... conjuring fractured memories of Shai or TLC".
After introducing the How to Dress Well sound, Krell copped comparisons to everyone from Ariel Pink to Bon Iver, The-Dream, and Justin Timberlake; but his trailblazing sound was his own, and soon inspired a legion of imitators. His debut album, Love Remains, assembled the best of his early EPs, and was one of the best albums of 2010. After the 2011 EP Just Once —a four-song suite of 'Suicide Dream' songs set against a string quartet— Krell returned in 2012 with the immense Total Loss, a powerful, definitive artistic statement that ranged from the thumping "& It Was U" to the dreamy, barely-there "Ocean Floor for Everything." Krell has also collaborated with Active Child, and covered R. Kelly, Elite Gymnastics, Xiu Xiu, and Janet Jackson.
On the heels of the success of Love Remains Krell signed a deal with Weird World Records, an imprint of Domino Records.
On September 18, 2012, Krell released his sophomore effort, Total Loss, which likewise garnered huge critical acclaim, including the "Best New Music" designation from music review site Pitchfork Media. In his review of the record, Pitchfork's Ian Cohen described Total Loss as "a work of poignant and devastating art."
In addition to making music, Krell is a graduate student in philosophy and has studied in the United States (New York and Chicago) and in Europe (most specifically, Cologne and Berlin, Germany).
Studio albums 
Extended plays 
- Just Once EP (2011)
- "How to Dress Well: Love Remains | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- "Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2010". Stereogum. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Hogan, Marc. "How to Dress Well, 'Love Remains' (Lefse) | SPIN | Albums | Critical Mass". SPIN. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Phares, Heather. "Total Loss - How to Dress Well : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-09-17.
- Cohen, Ian (September 20, 2012). "How to Dress Well". Pitchfork.
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