There didn’t seem to be much connecting co-headliners Sky Ferreira and How to Dress Well at Sunday night’s show at the Brighton Music Hall, apart from a degree of bloggy acclaim and heartthrob status. The former toes the line between synth-pop starlet and stylized indie-rocker, while the latter conjures an ambrosial blend of choral compositions and artful laptop R&B.
Performing as a two-piece, How To Dress Well segued between wounded R&B and experimental bass music. The instrumentation of “& It Was U” amounted to a single sustained bass note that escalated to a room-filling racket. On “Talking to You” — a song vocalist Tom Krell described as a duet he’d written with himself — he alternated between two microphones, employing a husky croon and a falsetto, over a mournful violin run from sideman Aaron Read, with string plucks comprising the beat.