EMERGING ADULTHOOD COMMUNION, OUT NOW Bespectacled Brit singersongwriter returns with more pleasant pop.
It must be tough out there for a pop singer whose main USP is “wears glasses” but Dan Croll, whose 2014 debut album Sweet Disarray never quite delivered on his potential, is back with new designer frames and another collection of pleasant pop tunes. His aim, he says, is to come at pop from an unusual angle – but this seems just to mean lots of bleeps and bloops and using a theremin, rather than any structural inventiveness or lyrical avant-gardisms. Still, he’s conjured a neat package of 10 perfectly listenable songs, with The Animals Went In Two By Two homage Away From Today and the dreamily aquatic Swim bobbing their heads briefly above the parapet. KATE SOLOMON Listen To: Swim | One Of Us | Away From Today