After a week of live acoustic sessions and a very old-school playlist over the weekend with the Leon Bridges concert series, I thought I’d switch it up a little and throw down some more electronic music this week. How To Dress Well is the stage name of Tom Krell, a self-made electronic artist and singer from Chicago, Illinois. Krell is a true talent, as he has a voice that sounds like it could arguably work wonders in a pop or R&B setting. As is the case with a great deal of electronic musical artists these days, Krell had to gain internet fame in order to become noticed by the music industry. He produced two EP’s under his stage name from 2009 to 2011 before he was signed by Weird World Records in 2012. For those first several years that he produced music unsigned however, he was simply posting free music on his blog. He didn’t release his name or photo on the site, so no one knew who he was! It can be tough to have the kind of talent that Krell possesses and stay hidden however, as incredibly popular music review sites like Pitchfork and Stereogum raved over him to the point that record companies were almost forced to seek him out and sign him.
This song is a weird combination of exciting and meditative. Tom Krell identifies it as being about love and the troubles people have with trust and commitment due to the fact that they say they are “together” and “connected” yet are actually completely alone with their thoughts. The listener would likely be left with an odd sense of ominousness if not for the hypnotic soundscape that occupies the last third of the song. I’ve found the reaction I had the first time I listened to this song is the same one I have today, whereas I progress through the song thinking “Hmm, this is pretty good…damn, this is really good…oh wow this song is actually freaking awesome.”