Tom Krell has been exhaling deeply emotional, stripped-down R&B through low-fi speakers as How to…
Tom Krell has been exhaling deeply emotional, stripped-down R&B through low-fi speakers as How to Dress Well for the last five years, and ‘Words I Don’t Remember’ is the Berlin-native’s most assertive and breath-taking release of this entire period. It canvasses his musings on the individual tensions of love with a lucid clarity absent in Total Loss and Love Remains.
Krell’s ability to fill vacant soundscapes with an overflowing emotional power is unparalleled. The six minutes that comprise ‘Words I Don’t Remember’ proceed to soak up every latent feeling of suppressed sadness, forgotten pleasure and pensive inspiration welled-up inside its listeners and bring them to the surface to breathe. A subdued repetition of synth chords surges incessantly, while a conversation shared by “…love you baby” samples and percussive claps sneaks into the picture halfway through. “So what is trust but knowing when to let you have your silence baby? / to let you have the peaceful private corners of your mind?” questions Krell through an honest and mature vocal style, one noticeably more human than the supernatural falsetto that defined How To Dress Well.
‘Words I Don’t Remember’ soothes a heartstring overlooked by Krell’s contemporaries such as James Blake, Autre Ne Veut, Shivum Sharma and other avant-garde R&B producers. Whether it’s his sacred mastery of downheartedness or a PhD in Philosophy (or, as is most common, a mixture of both), Krell remains one of the most impressive artists of his ever-growing kind.