Since the release of critically-acclaimed debut album, Sweet Disarray in 2014, Liverpool-based Dan Croll has purposely proved impossible to pin down. A sonic explorer who approaches every song as a new adventure and uses instruments as inspiration and samples as signposts, he doesn’t so much sidestep genres as conquer several at the same time.
The range of bands that have sought out Dan as a support act - from Imagine Dragons, Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club to Haim, London Grammar and Chvrches - attests to the ambitious scope of his songs. The same can be said for the breadth of brands that synched every song on his debut album among them Grand Theft Auto, FIFA, Citroen, Clairol, Burberry, Paul Smith and Apple’s iPhone 6, which was launched across the world with his hit ‘From Nowhere’.
Dan Croll’s extraordinary second album, Emerging Adulthood, blends brass and breakbeats, finds common ground between the Beach Boys and ELO, Paul Smith and Pink Floyd, and tells tales of paralysing anxiety, teenage bad boys and a phantom heart attack. Throughout, it enchants and intrigues in equal measure. Emerging Adulthood was released by Communion Records in July 2017.