BY IAN YOUNG
How To Dress Well, the longtime moniker of Philly native Tom Krell, makes intimate, bone-chilling R&B that has helped redefine the genre while making it safe for hipsters to infiltrate. This torchbearer of the PBR&B movement melds the worlds of Bobby Brown and Eluvium to create a surprisingly harmonious musical synthesis. While Krell’s sound comes across as cool and sensual, underneath lies themes of mortality and despair, adding a level of depth and poignancy to his beautiful slices of bedroom pop music. His two near-flawless LPs Love Remains and Total Loss have earned him an avalanche of critical acclaim while helping pave the way for buzzworthy artists such as The Weeknd and Jessie Ware. In the meantime, Krell continues to coast under the radar, just where he likes it.