Posted in music on June 18, 2014

by Andrew Sacher


How to Dress Well (aka Tom Krell) releases his next album "What Is This Heart?" next week (6/24 via Weird World), but he's made the entire thing available to stream early on

It's his third full length, following 2010's Love Remains which introduced him as maker of sweet, sultry atmospheres and 2012's Total Loss which brought more of a traditional "songwriter" sense to his work. That songwriting excels even more here, and though many of the R&B sounds he's used in the past are here, it's a deeply personal record in a way rarely associated with R&B. Tom just spoke to Pitchfork about the new record, including the influence his emo upbringing had on it:

That latent emo influence is found on a few "What Is This Heart?" tracks, including the throbbing "A Power", which Krell describes as "extreme philosophical poetry that stemmed from meditating on Taking Back Sunday." Meanwhile, the electric guitar-stung "Childhood Faith in Love (Everything Must Change, Everything Must Stay the Same)" was originally put into motion when Krell revisited a 2002 track by Philadelphia pop-punk band the Starting Line called "Best of Me".

"I thought about what music like that meant to me as a teenager, how I was moved so intensely by this schlocky pop punk like it was fucking fine art," he says, smiling at the memory. "For me, the most important thing about music is immediacy, which is part of the reason why I have such broad listening habits. I'm pretty shameless about it: I was playing the Starting Line in bed the other night, and my girlfriend was like, 'What the fuck?! Turn this off.' But that song still completely thrills me."

TBS and The Starting Line were also both represented on Tom's recent mixtape (along with Beyonce, Lou Reed & Antony, Prince, Whitney Houston and more). Take a listen to "What Is This Heart?" here.

HTDW recently celebrated the album with a pre-release show at NYC's Slipper Room and will bring his full tour back here for a much larger show on September 17 at Irving Plaza. Tickets for that show are still available.



Comments (17)

Of course Sacher is going to single out the emo stuff name dropped! Classic...

I read the interview at Pitchfork. This guy reminds me a lot of the nut bag from Passion Pit, and not because they both suffer from depression, but because their gimmick walks a similar line in making danceable pop music for white people that's ultra emotional, happy and sad at the same time. When his girlfriend breaks up with him, he's probably texting her that he's going to kill himself. When his girlfriend fucks him, he's probably tweeting emojis about how in love with life he is. There's no middle ground. It's extreme and dangerous.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 3:54 PM

full album

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 3:56 PM

Please god tell me thats not seriously the album cover.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 4:01 PM

A friend of mine went to one of his shows and hung out with him and a few of his people afterward. She said he was really nice until she had to leave because it was a work night and he kept trying to insist she stay and he'd buy her another drink if she did. She ended up sticking around for one more but got annoyed out when he began questioning how close she lived and if she minded going home alone at the end of the day.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 4:10 PM


i would've gone home with him

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 4:15 PM

I'm gonna to have to agree with 4:15! He's cute, tall, fit and Jewish. Put that all together and you're likely looking at a well endowed man.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 4:20 PM

^ We know its you, D.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 4:22 PM

This man makes Chris Carrabba look like Ian Mackaye.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 4:28 PM

I would've gone home with him and 415 and made it a party, you know the dude likes to keep both hands busy

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 4:31 PM

Weird World label is putting out some of the best shit these days...check out their catalog on Spotify here -->

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 5:20 PM

fuck man im so sad

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 5:45 PM


Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 12:33 AM

Yup, 4:01, that's the cover.

Posted by E.L. Fudge | June 19, 2014 8:06 AM

Please this guy isn't handsome at all. He looks like a guy who drives a cab or sells rolls from a fucking food cart.

Some of you women have no concept of male attraciveness.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 9:48 AM

^ We know its you, D.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 9:57 AM

lol @ being whiny and emotional with a fan when she wouldn't stay to have sex with him. What a loser.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 10:02 AM

dude looks like manu ginobili

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 10:47 AM

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