Sky Ferreira. Act like you don’t already follow her on Twitter – as if you haven’t
Googled her, or checked her out on Wikipedia. Now check again. Before you can
hit refresh, there might be another paragraph. She's co-written and recorded
with half the Billboard chart, survived in Hollywood and on the Lower East Side,
seen the world from thirty-five thousand feet, been shot by every photographer
you can name off the top of your head.
Now get one thing straight: Sky was singing first. Just click on her piano-andvocal only cover of Miike Snow’s 'Animal' on YouTube for your evidence that her
other skills might pay the bills, but music is her life and her voice is bona fide. Her
2011 debut EP As If! hinted at her soulful range and stylistic versatility. But if you
think it prepared you for the step Sky’s about to take on her first long-player, think
again. She’s hard at work with a hand-picked team of collaborators. And this time
she’s in charge, making the record she wanted to make all along.
How To Dress Well is the stage name of songwriter and producer Tom Krell. Krell’s burgeoning career began in 2009 when, having just moved from Brooklyn to Berlin, his songs began to emerge online via a hugely prolific string of free, digital EPs posted in anonymity on his blog. Combining a gorgeous falsetto with fractured R&B-influenced beats, an instinctive ear for subtly devastating melody and elements of noise, sound collage and avant-garde composition, Krell’s debut album Love Remains offered a beautiful window into a startlingly realised artistic imagination. Praised for both its conceptual strength and immediate emotional resonance, Love Remains duly garnered vast critical acclaim and highlights such as “Ready For The World” saw Krell accredited with having given birth to a new, narcotized strain of R&B that has since spawned a host of imitators. Now, come September 17th, we will see him pull back the curtain on a whole new body of work with his new album Total Loss, released on Weird World/ Domino.