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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