RIP Yacht Rock: 2005-2010. (What? This thing was on till like two years ago???? Who knew.) Your humorous skewering of smooth, soulful summer jams inspired a whole new generation of smooth, dark, skewed hipster R&B. Don’t believe me? Take a crayon and draw a family tree, Oh Ye Who Doubt. That 10cc root has grown and blossomed into a beautiful How to Dress Well EP, last year’s Just Once. Okay, okay, so maybe HTDW’s ethereal rhythm and blues is more likely to have descended from good old Janet Jackson and Sade, but never ever (sorry, Michael McD) has a night with friends on a pleasure boat beneath the stars had a better soundtrack than the shimmering swells of a How to Dress Well track.
And just as we’re about to set sail into summertime, HTDW has announced a brief string of tour dates. Now, the man behind the sentence fragment/band name, Brooklynite Tom Krell, doesn’t have a new release scheduled just yet, but that’s not gonna stop him from taking some smooth time with you, girl. Krell will hit up select cities in the US and Canada, accompanied by Vancouver music dudes Aaron Read and Warp Records’ Babe Rainbow. Babe Rainbow will do the opening act thang for most of the dates listed below.
06.07.12 - Toronto, ON - Underground at the Drake
06.08.12 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore
06.09.12 - Brooklyn, NY - Public Assembly
06.13.12 - Vancouver, BC - The Waldorf Hotel
06.14.12 - Portland, OR - Holocene
06.15.12 - San Francisco, CA - Rickshaw Shop
06.16.12 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo
• How to Dress Well: http://howtodresswell.blogspot.com