How To Dress Well

What Is This Heart?

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Since the release of his debut album ‘Love Remains’ in 2010 Tom Krell, AKA How to Dress Well, has crafted a reputation as one of America’s most original, focused and beguiling young songwriters. Merging ever surprising production choices and aesthetic detail with a sensual but sincere R&B influence and a deep, grounded emotionality, Krell has steadily established himself as one of the most influential figures in contemporary experimental pop music and a new How to Dress Well release has become something of on an event.

Arriving two years after the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012’s much-loved Total Loss, “What Is This Heart?” is the next step in this most unique and searching artistic trajectory. Its twelve songs were conceived and written during months of grueling international touring and realised with producer Rodaidh McDonald in a Berlinstudio in the height of summer 2013. The result is an ambitious 21st century pop album that creates and inhabits its very own hinterland album that creates and inhabits its very own hinterland of spiritual fragility, fearless love and sexuality, deep pain, and overwhelming joy. It’s an album that celebrates the possible healing power of American pop music in its various guises while also exploding predictable pop conventions and once again asserts Krell as an artist of great courage, taste and craft.

“What Is This Heart?” is a record that delves deeply into the core of the psyche and touches on themes of isolation, loss and existential anguish, but in the end finds something like redemption in the infinite possibilities of love. Its songs tackle feelings of anxiety, fear, lack of control, nightmare, death, pain, pleasure, pride and shame, trust and commitment with an honesty and intimacy that is rare in the contemporary age.

If Total Loss saw Krell embracing a new sense of crystalline clarity and bold minimalism in comparison to the intoxicating atmospheric fog which enveloped much of his debut, Love Remains, then “What Is This Heart?” is an even bigger step forward both sonically and thematically. More confident, daring and open than any How to Dress Well release thus far, “What Is This Heart?” is at once Krell’s most deeply personal work and also his most universal in resonance – unifying his prescient understanding of modern production techniques and aesthetics with an increasingly mature songwriting voice that evokes great American singer-songwriters like Bill Callahan and Mark Kozelek as much as it does his numerous, oft-quoted R’n’B reference points.

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