Posted in music | pictures on August 18, 2010

photos by Erez Avissar

DOWNLOAD: How To Dress Well - "Decisions" (MP3)

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For a half hour before Tom Krell went onstage at Glasslands Gallery in the early hours of Saturday morning, associates were setting up a white backdrop on which videos would be displayed during his set. All the while, Mr. Krell's beloved 1990s R&B, from which he draws so much inspiration - Shai, Keith Sweat and so on - played over the room's speakers.

It was the last time those sounds went unmolested. In his soothing and haunting music Mr. Krell, who records under the name How to Dress Well, takes that music as inspiration (and sometimes as sample source) and stretches it, chops it, squeezes it dry of context. Rather than swing, Mr. Krell's music crawls. As a singer, some of his inflections are borrowed from his idols, but his voice is purposefully alien, like Antony Hegarty singing at the bottom of a coal mine...

It was less a concert than an indulgent lark, or a total miscalculation. Taken as a whole, Mr. Krell's catalog is absorbing, dreamlike and jagged at just the right moments. Onstage, though, the songs virtually evaporated in real time, with diminishing returns. Appropriately, it marked Mr. Krell as someone who'd clearly given more thought to the music that preceded him than to his own. -[NY Times]

How To Dress Well headlined Glasslands on Friday 8/13, his first ever US show, with support from The Golden Filter, Glasser and SOARS. Erez unfortunately missed the two openers (one of whom will be touring with Gayngs soon), but snaps of The Golden Filter and How To Dress Well await below.

In other How To Dress Well news, Tom Krell recently dropped a new song for streaming at Pitchfork ("Decisions", above) and video for his new track "Lover's Start". Both are from his forthcoming debut Love Remains, due September 21 via Lefse. That video and a ton of other pics from Glasslands below.

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How To Dress Well - "Lover's Start"

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Comments (12)

HTDW's performance was a joke -- on the audience. Karaoke at best...half the crowd left about two songs in, though in his defense it was unbearably hot in Glasslands.

Seriously, do not play live until you've figured out how to make it at least slightly interesting to the person who paid to see you.

Why is the Times even bothering reviewing this is the real question.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 5:16 PM

How To Dress Well - Best band since Drive Like Jehu... [cough, sigh, cough, uggghmmm]

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 5:37 PM

I downloaded the songs from BV last week and like them, but I can't figure out the references to 1990s RnB and New Jack Swing. He just sings falsetto to backing noise tapes, right? Not RnB at all.

Posted by Regular reader | August 18, 2010 8:03 PM

5:16 BINGO you are the winner. With so many great emerging artists playing in NYC why on earth would the NYT Times feel compelled to review this of all shows?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 8:06 PM

8:06 -- the reason being PR machines that are fed terrible amounts of money to publicize these bands.

HTDW at least sounds better than Coasting, or at least is more entertaining.

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 9:13 PM

I honestly love htdw's songs but that show was such a joke. it was ironic karaoke at best. if i'm going to play 12 dollars at least play an instrument or something.

and jean shorts? really?

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 10:53 PM

I have spent the better half of this year obsessing over this dude's music and every waking moment since seeing this show trying to forget how absolutely snooze-ville it was.

The Ashley Simpson routine he pulled during 'My Body' makes me clench every time I revisit it......

Posted by Anonymous | August 18, 2010 11:05 PM

Why does this merit coverage?

I read this site for the occasional ticket heads up...

But jeez. Is this it? The musical event in New York City that occurred today that merits attention on your blog?

What a wonderful choice...

Bye.


Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 3:44 AM

how to have bad taste

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 8:31 AM

Jesus. Who gives a rats ass what the NYT has to say about music (or anything, really)? Please, please no more music/culture reviews from the NYT. I'd much rather have a BV commentator, blogger, or noone at all.

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 8:36 AM

Yeah, sucks to have to know what people think outside the echo chamber

Posted by Anonymous | August 19, 2010 9:57 AM

i love this new album by how to dress well. i wasnt at the show, so i cant say what it was like. but the album is melodic dreamy, and definitely grabbed my attention from the first few seconds it played streaming off the three + blogs it's on now. ny times write up sounds negatively exaggerated, but most importantly, i wasn't at the show. i think the album is good.

Posted by celine | September 23, 2010 10:41 AM

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