How to Dress Well
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How to Dress Well is the stage name of artist Tom Krell.
How to Dress Well is the music and performance project of Tom Krell, born 1984. Beginning in 2009, Krell started to turn out free EPs online.
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".
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 Total Loss. Krell has also collaborated with Active Child, Forest Swords, Shlohmo, and Jacques Greene and covered R. Kelly, Elite Gymnastics, Xiu Xiu, and Janet Jackson.
On September 18, 2012, Krell released his sophomore effort, Total Loss, which gained 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."
Krell cites Janet Jackson's "The Velvet Rope" as the inspiration for Total Loss, saying "Velvet Rope to me became a shining light of how to make an album that’s totally true to yourself, and is about taking proper care of yourself, and paying attention to your spirit, and trusting that it’ll all hang together even if there’s all different kinds of vibes on the record." “I’ve loved the Velvet Rope since it came out. It’s been one of my favorite records for many years. I think when I started working on Total Loss and seeing like shit, this fits together for me in the same way that I felt like the Velvet Rope fit together. And I kind of learned over the course of making my record, and really attentively listening to Janet’s record, that it had more of an influence on me that I had even realized".
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).
- 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.
- The Influence of Janet Jackson’s The Velvet Rope on The Album - Who is How To Dress Well? | Complex
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