Published Jun 15, 2011Last year, How to Dress Well generated an impressive blog buzz with his woozy, experimental take on slow-burning RnB. Now, he's looking to keep the momentum going in 2011 by rolling out a new EP called Just Once.
While 2010's Love Remains LP favoured lo-fi, reverb-hazed soundscapes, the latest release is more lush and orchestral. This gives songwriter Tom Krell plenty of opportunity to show off his smouldering falsetto. Three of the four tracks previously appeared on Love Remains, while the cut "Suicide Dream 3" is new.
Just Once will be released on ten-inch vinyl on July 21 via Love Letter Ink (the label run by Yours Truly). It will be limited to 1,000 copies, each of which will come with a hand-written note from Krell himself. A dollar from each physical sale will go to MindFreedom, an organization that benefits people with mental health issues.
According to the label, this is "a one-time-only approach to HTDW's sound. It is dedicated to Ryan Douglas Hutchon, the best friend of HTDW that passed away in September of 2010."
The orchestral arrangements were written by Minna Choi, who also composed the strings for John Vanderslice's recent album White Wildness. It was laid down at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco.
You can stream the entire EP below. Scroll past that to see a performance video from Yours Truly for "Suicide Dream 3." Go to Bandcamp to pre-order a physical copy or purchase it digitally. Thanks to Gorilla vs. Bear for the heads-up.
1. "Suicide Dream 1 (Orchestral Version)"
2. "Suicide Dream 2 (Orchestral Version)"
3. "Suicide Dream 3 (Orchestral Version)"
4. "Decisions (Orchestral Version)"