I guess it’s almost summer at this point, but Boston is juuust showing signs of spring. Why not celebrate spring with some upbeat music? You’ll recognize some songs on this playlist from previous posts (Catey Shaw and Dan Croll, anyone?) but it also includes Patrick Watson’s soft “Words in the Fire” and Wild Child’s quirky, ukelele chords in “Someone Else.” I’m especially a fan of the collaboration between Alex Winston and the Postelles in the surf-y duet “Pretend It’s Love” and new (and dare I say…jazzy?) Iron & Wine.
Now, go! Get outside! Grab some ice cream and a cute puppy (preferably one you already own) and go picnic!
One look at Dan Croll and you assume he’s another lanky, British lad in an indie rock band. While this is sort-of the case (he did grow up in Liverpool, attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and interacted with a British rocker you may have heard of, Paul McCartney), Croll carves out a unique place between two different genres. I’m a fan. As beautifully stated by Paul Lester of The Guardian’s “New Band of the Day,” “He’s the electro boy with one foot in the world of folk, the troubadour who can handle himself quite nicely, thank you, with computers, and the indie kid who shares management with some Very Successful Artists Indeed, including Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora and Conor Maynard.” Impressive.
I’ve refrained from posting about Croll for weeks now, for fear of stretching the Second Fiddle folk genre (which is tough to do after hearing “Compliment Your Soul,” how can you hear that and not smile?!?) However, after further investigation I have deduced that Croll does wonders with folk-infused electronic hooks. Boom, relevance.
His EP From Nowhere dropped on March 5. The title track is repeat-worthy, and “Wanna Know” (above) is a slower, sexier single with falsetto and R&B hints that would make Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos proud. Just when I thought Croll was “too electronic” for Second Fiddle, I came across this video (below) that seems to put him right at home in this space. Enjoy.
Dan Croll – Home (Live at the Paul McCartney Auditorium) from Dan Croll on Vimeo