On the rare occasion that I have to defend my love for How To Dress Well, I always explain that it is the power of Tom's voice, the story it weaves, and how that story is reflected in the broken, disjointed music he creates. There is, however, no doubt that a voice so beautiful deserves its proper showcase. HTDW has teamed with Yours Truly's Love Letters Ink label to release a limited 10" EP titled Just Once, featuring four tracks backed by an orchestral arrangement. The EP is in dedication to his best friend, whom he lost late last year. How To Dress Well has on multiple occasion sent chills through my spine, and even brought tears to my eyes. I think there are few people out there capable of emoting in the way he does, and hearing his voice mingle flawlessly with the orchestra is a truly wondrous look at how the fragile sound and feeling surrounding the tracks remains, no matter how full the music.
Head over to bandcamp to pre-order a copy of the 12". It's limited to 1000 copies, and a dollar of every physical purchase goes to MindFreedom.org to help with the ongoing fight against mental illnesses.