by Lee Hazell
While listening to ‘Ocean Floor For Everything’ all you can feel is relaxed and peaceful. There is a slight orientalism in the background which makes you feel soothed. The song brings so many emotions to mind, it makes you feel at ease and peace with yourself, it comforts you after a long day and makes you feel good about yourself.
Krell’s career began in 2009 when, having just moved from Brooklyn to Berlin, his songs began to emerge online via a hugely prolific string of free digital EPs posted in anonymity on his blog. He has an instinctive ear for subtly devastating melody and elements of noise. He uses a sound collage and avant-garde composition where he combines falsetto with fractured R&B influenced beats.
Krell’s debut album Love Remains offered an equally beautiful and troubling window into a startlingly realised artistic imagination. Praised for both its conceptual strength and immediate emotional resonance, Love Remains duly garnered vast critical acclaim and highlights such as “Ready For The World” and “Decisions feat. Yuksel Arslan” saw Krell accredited with having given birth to a new, narcotized strain of R&B that has since spawned a host of imitators.
Since Love Remains, Krell has toured the world, recorded with an orchestra, written and recorded a lot of new music, all whilst continuing work on a philosophy doctorate. It could be suggested that this is where his peaceful music spawns from.
Krell’s new album Total Loss will see release through Weird World in the autumn of 2012.