Saturday, February 28, 2015

How To Dress Well

Words by Kix Suarez
Photos by Kris Rocha

Last Thursday, a couple of days after Valentine’s day, Manila was treated to the soft pain and sounds of How To Dress Well. His second time back in the Philippines, served as another chance to relive all the heartache and quiet beats from the last time he was here.

Black Market was packed and ready. A mix of lovers, heartbroken boys and girls and music enthusiasts were all lurking in the dark. It was a good night – to fall in love, to cry, to drown whatever worries the heart carried heavy with rhum and bass.

For those who are still living under a rock or maybe just plain heartless. Here’s a backgrounder on Tom Krell more popularly known as, the king of feels, How To Dress Well.

How to Dress Well is the stage name of American singer-songwriter 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.Sterogum 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. 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, RL Grime, and Jacques Greene 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 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." The album was named by Pitchfork as one of the "Top 50 Albums of 2012".

Total Loss was released in North America by a boutique label called Acephale Records and world-wide through Weird World Records.

In April 2014, Krell released the first single, "Repeat Pleasure", off of his forthcoming album, “What Is This Heart?”, which was released on June 23, 2014. Upon its release, Pitchfork awarded "What Is This Heart?" the title of "Best New Music" with a score of 8.8.

Definitely not a stranger to praise, Tom Krell still gave his best performance alongside Sinyma, Samantha, Lustbass and BIN5 added to the mix. It was a truly emotionally charged night. People  

Watched on and tried to absorb everything that transpired that evening. It was a wonderful night. The kind that sort of let emotions live another day. And for that we thank, Vybe!


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