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Artist Portraits From Pitchfork Fest 2015

Pitchfork Festival took over Chicago’s Union Park this past weekend with headlining sets from Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance The Rapper. The hours before those performances boasted an impressive lineup of established names as well, among them Chvrches, Ryley Walker, Shamir, How To Dress Well, the Julie Ruin, Natalie Prass, Courtney Barnett, and so many more. More »

By: Stereogum / July 20, 2015 - 10:39 am

Watch David Byrne, St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, Ad Rock, & More Debut Original Color Guard Soundtracks In Toronto

David Byrne’s Contemporary Color color guard project features original compositions from artists like St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, How To Dress Well, and Ad Rock. The musicians perform live alongside the dancers, which is a really incredible concept that Byrne seems to have pulled off flawlessly. The show will be performed in both Toronto and Brooklyn,… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 23, 2015 - 3:26 pm

How To Dress Well – “See You Fall” Video

Last year, How To Dress Well put out a trilogy of interconnected videos for his album What Is This Heart. The videos for “Repeat Pleasure,” “Face Again,” and “Childhood Faith In Love” track the story of a young couple who meet up with a healer after finding out one of their loved ones is dying. More »

By: James Rettig / May 18, 2015 - 11:15 am

Watch A Mini-Doc About How To Dress Well’s Color Guard Piece For David Byrne’s Contemporary Color

Back in 2008, the Blessed Sacrement color guard team of Cambridge, MA approached David Byrne about using some of his music in one of their routines. Generous, prolific genius that he is, Byrne assented, but under the condition that he get to see the ensuing routine. After watching their performance, Byrne said he was beyond… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 12, 2015 - 2:37 pm

How To Dress Well – “Pour Cyril” (Live With Orchestra)

Last year, around the time he released his beautiful album “What Is This Heart?”, How To Dress Well played a record-release show in Berlin with Minna Choi’s Magik*Magik orchestra. With them, he recorded a soft, stunning version of the album track “Pour Cyril.” When bands record with orchestras, that usually brings out the bombast. Here,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2015 - 11:17 am

Bleachers – “Rollercoaster (How To Dress Well Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Bleachers’ “Rollercoaster” is #4 at alternative radio. It soundtracks two separate ad campaigns starring frontman Jack Antonoff. It was the basis for a conversation between Antonoff and Bill Nye about the science of “rollercoastering.” And now the ace ’80s synthpop throwback has inspired a remix by How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell, who had thi… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 3, 2015 - 1:30 pm

How To Dress Well & TĀLĀ – “The One”

How To Dress Well and TĀLĀ have teamed up for Yours Truly’s Song From Scratch series, a project that pairs producers and vocalists in unlikely collaborations. Their result is dubbed “The One” but comes in two versions, one by each artist. Tom Krell’s take starts with his Auto-Tuned falsetto that carries a sense of urgency… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 27, 2015 - 11:56 am

How to Dress Well – “Tomb For Anatole”

For the sixth straight year, Glasgow record label LuckyMe has been releasing a daily “advent calendar” of exclusive MP3s throughout December. Jacques Green, Four Tet, and Dubbel Dutch are among the artists participating. Today’s selection is “Tomb For Anatole,” a How To Dress Well song from the Total Loss sessions. The song is available a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 14, 2014 - 9:42 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Hear How To Dress Well Cover Iris Dement & Remix FKA twigs In New DJ Mix

Every once in a while How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell likes to upload DJ mixes to Soundcloud. They aren’t mixtapes, at least not in the way that we tend to use the term these days. But they usually include a few new songs and remixes, and they do a nice job covering Krell’s catholic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2014 - 10:59 am

How To Dress Well – “Precious Love (Cyril Hahn Remix)”

An EP remixing songs from How To Dress Well’s What Is This Heart? was released today, and it includes remixes by Dubbel Dutch, Cyril Hahn, the Range, and others. The Range’s remix of “Words I Don’t Remember,” as well as Dubbel Dutch’s remix of “Very Best Friend,” were released in anticipation of the EP. Today… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / October 27, 2014 - 12:13 pm

How To Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember (The Range Remix)”

Words I Don’t Remember” was released before How To Dress Well had even announced “What Is This Heart?”, but it turned out to be that album’s emotional core. It was a gauzy, glassy-eyed R&B anthem that kept piling on the layers until you could climb it to heaven. Now, as part of the same remix… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 17, 2014 - 3:31 pm

How To Dress Well – “Very Best Friend (Dubbel Dutch Remix Feat. Eva T)”

“What Is This Heart?”, How To Dress Well’s album of soul-baring avant-R&B, is one of the year’s best, and he’ll soon follow it up with an EP-length remix collection. The EP opens with PC Music ringseader A. G. Cook’s hyperactive, disorienting take on “Repeat Pleasure,” but they aren’t all so radical. New York producer Dubbel… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 3:19 pm

RL Grime – “Reminder” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

How To Dress Well’s Tom Krell has worked with his share of electronic producers (you might remember his appearance on Shlohmo’s Laid Out EP last year), and now he’s lent his fantastic voice to producer RL Grime’s upcoming debut album, Void, via the new song “Reminder.” The track debuted on Zane Lowe’s BBC show earlier… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 16, 2014 - 6:09 pm

How To Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure (A. G. Cook Remix)”

On “What Is This Heart?”, How To Dress Well’s absolute stunner of a new album, “Repeat Pleasure” is arguably the emotional center; it’s slow and calm and clear, and it cascades all over itself. The PC Music producer A. G. Cook, meanwhile, specializes in disorientingly blippy, assaultively chipper experimental pop music; along with SOPHIE, he’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2014 - 10:02 am

How To Dress Well Defends Sun Kil Moon’s Hopscotch Outburst

At this past weekend’s Hopscotch Festival in Raleigh, Sun Kil Moon main man Mark Kozelek faced a loud audience head-on, taking the stage by calling the crowd “fucking hillbillies” and telling them to “shut the fuck up.” Kozelek later said he’d been joking, and he’s certainly got a history of dry onstage humor, the type… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 8, 2014 - 2:45 pm

How To Dress Well – “So Easy For Pleasure”

Tom Krell is fixated on the idea of pleasure — one of the best songs on his new album is named after the feeling, as is this newly released b-side. “So Easy For Pleasure” is a quiet and pretty acoustic track featuring almost indecipherable vocals from Krell. It’s included on a bonus 10″ that come… More »

By: James Rettig / August 22, 2014 - 8:54 pm

How To Dress Well – “Let U Know”

How To Dress Well just released the devastating “What Is This Heart?”, one of the year’s best. But according to Tom Krell, one of the songs that didn’t make it onto the album is, in some ways, the key to the album. That song is the fragile piano ballad “Let U Know,” a “partial cover”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2014 - 1:12 pm

How To Dress Well – “Childhood Faith In Love” Video

How To Dress Well has shared the third video in the trilogy culled from his fantastic new album “What Is This Heart?” “Childhood Faith In Love” follows “Repeat Pleasure” and “Face Again.” It tracks our two protagonists after their encounter with Tom Krell’s mysterious Christlike healer character in the desert, culminating in a gas statio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 2, 2014 - 9:53 am

Album Of The Week: How To Dress Well “What Is This Heart?”

Here’s something we never really knew before: Tom Krell can sing. Krell has been releasing music as How To Dress Well for something like six years, but he’s kept his voice obscured, shrouded in flickering fog, buried in audio murk. Even on 2012’s great Total Loss, the moment where he fully and finally stepped away… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 24, 2014 - 3:40 pm
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