The 2018 return of Colorado music producer Tom Krell, aka. How To Dress Well has found him return to Domino Recording Co., this time for his fifth studio album since 2010. The album is titled The Anteroom, includes 13 tracks and offers a refreshing cleanse from the cookie cutter album format which plagues music in todays digital era. Throughout the tracklist we hear downtempo, ambient electronica, synthwave and even techno. It steps away from some of his earlier work,
such as the 2016 Care LP which had a tight grip on RNB and pop music. The Anteroom seems a lot more experimental, with droves of nerdy sound design and dreamy broken beats going on, the kind of album that only comes around once in an artists career. Krell also published a Spotify playlist titled ‘The Anteroom Influences (TOLOU 1.1)’, with tracks from Skee Mask, Aphex Twin, Paula Temple, Joy Division and Move D included and he’s currently on tour supporting the album, with shows scheduled in Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Poland, France, Canada and USA.
Where to start:
‘Love Means Taking Action’ – Soft vocals with deep synth melodies
‘False Skull 12’ – Rich sound design backed into a corner by aggressive envelopes
‘Nothing’ – Rhythmic percussion meets chilling topline samples and huge subs
Previous from How To Dress Well:
Total Loss LP (2012, Domino)
Care LP (2016, Domino)
If you like this then check out:
Kindness – Otherness (2014, Female Energy)
Matthew Dear – Bunny (2018, Ghostly International)
How To Dress Well – The Anteroom is out now on Domino Recording Co.