How To Dress Well - "Clowne Towne" (Xiu Xiu cover)

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Music blog Ad Hoc, the phoenix rising from Altered Zones’ ashes, will release a benefit covers comp later this year, and our first sample from it is How to Dress Well’s mesmerizingly minimalist take on Xiu Xiu’sFabulous Muscles cut “Clowne Towne.”

Tom Krell brings his customary ethereal R&B flavor to the already sparse cut – his confessional voice could belong to any MTV soul crooner, but his ambient, atmospheric drones and soft heartbeat bass drum come from different territory entirely. The cover’s at its best when Krell allows it to build up into the catharsis you can feel it building all along, with plenty of haunting, layered church choir vocals. Check it out.