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How To Dress Well is bringing invigorating avant-pop to Chicago

On Tuesday, November 20th - Sleeping Village welcomes touring act How To Dress Well (HTDW). Located in the Avondale neighborhood - the outstanding, on-the-rise music venue harnesses production that will highlight HTDW’s experimental stylings like no other.

Analyzing HTDW’s four album discography earlier this week, the act’s progression over the decade represents Tom Krell carving his musical path. Through ups, downs, twists, and turns - How To Dress Well invoked new personas for the making of each record. Whether focusing on experimental roots, honing in on pop music, or challenging today’s R&B norms - Krell utilizes studio time to implement sonic details and analyze waveforms.

Constantly incorporating styles that inspire today’s trending music (aka “bedroom pop”), HTDW’s range hits different notes of nostalgia. Krell’s previous albums are reminiscent of ‘90s R&B, Michael Jackson’s bass lines, motown’s smoothness, and the sophistication of contemporary classical music. Developing tones of hopefulness, sensuality, maturity, and much else - How To Dress Well has kept listeners eager for more.

Released this November, The Anteroom (via Domino Record Co.) caters to house music enthusiasts, with doses of avant-pop found throughout the tracklisting. For the past two years, Los Angeles was home to Krell’s inspiration and studiowork. With Joel Ford (Oneohtrix Point Never, Ford & Lopatin, Airbird) co-producing the record, The Anteroom pushes aside in-your-face pop and emits more experimental and engaging styles.

Described in Pitchfork’s 7.3 rating of The Anteroom as “reverent and relevant”, How To Dress Well’s determination to disrupt societal norms and harness attention through his music is spotlighted more than ever before. Krell’s passion for sentimental balladeering and emotional music is transmitted effectively - acknowledged and described by A Music Blog, Yeah?’s Alicia Atout as “heart on my sleeve” music.

Meticulously layering effects to build upon vocal demos, Krell immerses his most true self in the latest album. Self-proclaiming The Anteroom to be the “most sonically advanced thing I’ve ever done” (SPIN) - make sure to mark How To Dress Well’s November 20th performance in your calendar.

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Photo by Zackery Michael

Photo by Zackery Michael

Written by Alicia Maciel (Twitter: @eraseher_), a fan of hugs and the surfer emoji.