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Guilt-Free Listening: How To Dress Well’s “Total Loss” Album Stream

By 09.14.12

After making waves in 2010 with his ethereal debut album, Love Remains, Tom Krell–also known as the man behind the lo-fi R&B act How to Dress Well–returns with his second LP, Total Loss. Krell’s haunting melodies are back in full effect, hanging in the air on sparse tracks like “When I Was In Trouble” and “Ocean Floor For Everything.” So too are his nods to R&B greats of the past, with shades of Michael Jackson and Aaliyah audible on a few of the songs.

But where HTDW’s first album enveloped itself almost entirely in a kind of chillingly pretty atmosphere, Total Loss boasts more obvious ebbs and flows: “& It Was You” might be the cheeriest thing Krell has put to record, and it’s placed directly before “World I Need You, Won’t Be Without You,” an extended instrumental piece built on slow, cinematic strings. Whether you’re looking for the melodic fragments-turned-full songs approach of Love Remains, or expecting a more fully fleshed-out sound this time around, you’re likely to find a bit of both on Total Loss.

Stream the album below before it’s official release on September 18th.

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