How to Dress Well is the stage name of indie artist Tom Krell, whose genre has been referred to bizarrely as “indie R&B.” Krell is interested in mixing aspects of high and low culture in his music, making him a kind of intellectual R&B pop singer. “I want my music to be pop, but not populist — I want to be No. 1 on Billboard, but I want to do it on my own terms,” Krell said in a recent interview with Pitchfork. That publication also named Krell’s new album What Is This Heart? “Best New Music,” calling it “a pop album of the highest caliber.” Rolling Stone wasn’t as impressed, giving What Is This Heart? 3 out of 5 stars and saying it sounds too much like Krell’s previous albums to warrant any special attention.
A Sunny Day in Glasgow is an under-the-radar indie-pop band that has been getting rave reviews for their albums for a while, but haven’t become very well-known even in the indie scene, but less received mainstream recognition. Pitchfork named their new record Sea When Absent “Best New Music,” and the record so far has a respectable 84 rating based on reviews aggregated by Metacritic. “Sea When Absent has the quality of one of those spectacularly bright summer days when they color in everything seems a little over-saturated, and it induces the same dizzy, woozy feeling you get after staring directly at the sun,” Pitchfork said.