I’ve spent the past two weeks catching up with some of the records that I either slept on this year or missed entirely. How to Dress Well’s debut Love Remains falls into the former group – it’s one I’ve had for a few months but have only recently devoted some time to. HtDW is the solo project of Tom Krell, a guy with a sick falsetto (clearly reminiscent of Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) who writes lithe R&B slow jams and records them on the cheap – full of crackling clicks and hisses. But where some bands use lo-fi recording as a gimmick, the lack of sonic clarity is perhaps the most vital component on Love Remains, allowing the music to come across, as intended, as if they were being drawn out of the deepest corners of childhood memory. The result is a ghostly, highly intimate listening experience and unquestionably one of the most unique albums I’ve heard in ages.
(from Love Remains. Buy here)