Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums - SI­MON McEWEN

THE AN­TE­ROOM DOMINO, OUT NOW Fifth help­ing of emo­tional, lo-fi R&B from Tom Krell.

Song­writer Tom Krell wrote his fifth LP af­ter mov­ing to LA in the af­ter­math of Trump’s 2016 elec­tion vic­tory. He says it was a pe­riod of “cos­mic lone­li­ness”, which ex­plains the sense of dis­lo­ca­tion that per­me­ates The An­te­room – a non­stop hour of arty, frac­tured lo-fi R&B. There’s also a fully re­alised emo­tional heft to these songs of the heart (and mind). Nonkilling 3 | The An­te­room | False Skull 1 (there’s pre­ten­tious­ness here too) be­gins with Krell’s frag­ile croon swad­dled in lush elec­tron­ica, be­fore a pump­ing 4/4 beat kicks in then dis­solves into a glitchy coda, as if sim­u­lat­ing a break-up. It’s a poignant mo­ment on a record with many, Krell’s ex­plo­ration into in­ner space work­ing best when open­ing the door wide enough to let a lit­tle light in.

Lis­ten To: Nonkilling 3 | The An­te­room | False Skull 1

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