Like Chicago crack ghouls Salem, Brooklyn philosophy student Tom Krell makes spooky dance-inspired music that's seriously hip. At the centre of his hotly tipped debut are soulful and at times unexpectedly catchy vocals. They sound extracted, processed and soaked in reverb and get set against austere, dreamlike backdrops of ghostly synths, seemingly improvised percussion and intentionally blown-out, hypnotic production.
Krell's songs are artfully constructed to sound like rough-hewn musical sketches, strands of late 80s and early 90s R&B translated and distilled into scraps of despondent, gloomy indie IDM. The result is challenging (that's the point) but packed with rewards for the open-minded listener, like the beautiful, singalong chorus that only briefly surfaces from the murky ether of My Body, and the ominous soundscapes in You Hold The Water. With its haunting risks that resonate, Love Remains is a perfect fall record.
Top track: Ready For The World