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How to Dress Well – Love Remains [2010]

Posted in ambient pop,dream pop,lo-fi,r&b by deek on October 27, 2010

Philosophy student Tom Krell approaches his self-recorded, lo-fi homage to the ’80s and ’90s R&B he loves with an academic eye, framing his debut, Love Remains—and the entire How To Dress Well concept—as an exploration of the way feelings fade over time. While he’s in love with the loverman sounds of Keith Sweat and Blackstreet, Krell’s grimy, ghostly versions of those bubble-baths-and-candlelight melodies aren’t really made for romancing: This is R&B minus the rhythm, with fragmentary beats echoing from the next room, buried under layers of ethereal ambient drones, reverb-drenched piano loops, and Krell’s Bon Iver-like multi-tracked falsetto. It’s lonely music, cold and haunting, and all the more elusive for Krell’s mostly indecipherable lyrics. There are brief glimpses through the fog, as when the “I was hoping for the rain / I was hoping for you” refrain breaks through “My Body,” but Krell keeps his on-bended-knee melodies buried behind the shadows of spectral hiss, evoking a long-neglected cassette tape. But for all its hermetic remove—spelled out by samples from Todd Haynes’ Safe on the opener, “You Hold The Water”—Love Remains is an immersive experience that transcends its chilliness (and speaker-crackling sonic limitations) through pure emotion, whether it’s the stroboscopic swirl of “Ready For The World” or the pocket symphony build of “Decisions.” Nothing wrong with a little bump and grind, even in the abstract. – the av club

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Jónsi – Go [2010]

Posted in ambient,ambient pop,art pop,dream pop,electronica,orchestral by deek on March 10, 2010



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Atlas Sound – Logos [2009]

Posted in ambient pop,indie pop,psychedelic pop by deek on December 26, 2009

jj – jj no° 1 (EP) [2009]

Posted in ambient pop,electronica,electropop,indie pop,indietronica,swedish by deek on July 18, 2009

SIANspheric – Somnium [1995]

Posted in ambient pop,dream pop,shoegaze by deek on April 16, 2009

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Lotus Plaza – The Floodlight Collective [2009]

Posted in ambient pop,dream pop,indie rock,shoegaze by deek on March 9, 2009