DAN CROLL

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Sweet Dis­ar­ray Deram

Dan Croll has had an ex­cel­lent run of sweet pop tunes honed with a sleek mod­ern edge. The Liver­pudlian singer-song­writer knows his way around elec­tropop’s more at­trac­tive swings and round­abouts, as demon­strated by pre­vi­ous tracks Home and Com­pli­ment Your Soul. His de­but al­bum is full of sim­i­lar ad­vertready fare, per­fectly in tune with pop’s cur­rent sonic promis­cu­ity. Be it the man­ner in which he sends From Nowhere on its way with Afrobeat frills and fringes, or the sub­tle, beau­ti­fully un­ruf­fled folkie har­monies of the ti­tle track, it’s ob­vi­ous that Croll is quite the skilled crafts­man. There’s noth­ing ground­break­ing in ev­i­dence on Sweet Dis­ar­ray, and, as is of­ten the case, the best tracks were al­ready in circulatio­n as sin­gles. Still, there’s enough of a sense of an emerg­ing talent for you to take note of Croll. dancroll.com Down­load: From Nowhere, Sweet Dis­ar­ray

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