Since the release of his debut album ‘Love Remains’ in 2010 Tom Krell, AKA How to Dress Well, has crafted a reputation as one of America’s most original, focused and beguiling young songwriters. RFB are delighted to welcome him back to London this October.


Merging ever surprising production choices and aesthetic detail with a sensual but sincere R&B influence and a deep, grounded emotionality, Krell has steadily established himself as one of the most influential figures in contemporary experimental pop music and a new How to Dress Well release has become something of on an event. Arriving two years after the haunting, glacial neo-soul of 2012’s much-loved Total Loss, “What Is This Heart?” is the next step in this most unique and searching artistic trajectory. Its twelve songs were conceived and written during months of grueling international touring and realised with co-producer Rodaidh Mcdonald in a Berlin studio in the height of summer 2013. The result is an ambitious 21st century pop album that creates and inhabits its very own hinterland album that creates and inhabits its very own hinterland of spiritual fragility, fearless love and sexuality, deep pain, and overwhelming joy. It’s an album that celebrates the possible healing power of American pop music in its various guises while also exploding predictable pop conventions and once again asserts Krell as an artist of great courage, taste and craft.

If Total Loss saw Krell embracing a new sense of crystalline clarity and bold minimalism in comparison to the intoxicating atmospheric fog which enveloped much of his debut, Love Remains, then “What Is This Heart?” is an even bigger step forward both sonically and thematically. More confident, daring and open than any How to Dress Well release thus far, “What Is This Heart?” is at once Krell’s most deeply personal work and also his most universal in resonance – unifying his prescient understanding of modern production techniques and aesthetics with an increasingly mature songwriting voice that evokes great American singer- songwriters like Bill Callahan and Mark Kozelek as much as it does his numerous, oft-quoted R’n’B reference points.


“Nick Hakim’s sweet soul plays like hymns from the stuff of nightmares” The FADER

“Nick Hakim specializes in the kind of neo­soul that makes your face melt ­ in a good way.” Consequence of Sound

“Exceptional debut . . . Hakim’s entrance into Brooklyn’s music scene is one of grand proportions.” Interview Magazine

Tickets for this show are priced at £13.50 and go on-sale Firday 11th July at 9am from the following links:




How To Dress Well

28 Oct 2014

plus Nick Hakim


The Arches, Villiers Street



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