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In 2016, How to Dress Well Gets Happy

“I feel like, within myself, I have two possible modes,” Tom Krell, the experimental pop-R. & B. artist and all-but-dissertation Ph.D. student, who records music as How to Dress Well, said recently, over the phone. “One is easy and cowardly,” he continued, “and one is hard, and a bit more anxious. If I encounter a difficulty, or if I look at the material reality that surrounds us in America, it’s easy and weirdly soothing to embrace sadness, to go passive-nihilistic-depressive.
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