After releasing his latest pair of singles ‘Hit Your Limit’ and ‘Coldblooded’ at the start of July, Dan Croll now returns to share the official video for the latter track, lifted from his new album ‘Grand Plan’ which is set for release on August 21st through Communion Records.
Collaborating once again with visual team The Wild Honey Pie, who have produced every video for his latest record, ‘Coldblooded’ sees Dan return to the lo-fi aesthetic that has themed his video accompaniments so far. Filmed in the LA-based music shop Old Style Guitars and pitching the singer and songwriter in front of an electric piano for the length of the clip, this new rendition of the song pushes his heartfelt lyrics to the forefront of the release and sees Croll offer up a truly intimate performance.
Speaking about the new video, Croll said, “It felt right to get a video in ‘Old Style Guitars’, as the first thing I did was purchase a guitar from there as soon as I arrived in LA. They also had a bunch of other great instruments in there, and it felt great to play the Wurlitzer for this track!”
“Having worked with Dan for years and years, on all sorts of sessions, putting together a visual album like this was a dream come true. He’s a truly magnificent musician,” explained Eric Weiner of The Wild Honey Pie.
While his partner Tim Toda added, “Working with Dan to create a cohesive palette for this new visual record has been incredibly fulfilling. We had worked with Dan on several Buzzsession’s, but we figured we’d take the concept of a “live session” and push it to feel more refined. We wanted to take it to the next level. I believe the videos speak for themselves when I say much of these videos stem from a place of discomfort, love, and discovery.”
The album, ‘Grand Plan’ chronicles the 12-month period starting in February 2018 when Croll decided to up sticks and move to Los Angeles after the realisation that he might be becoming restless in Liverpool. Over the ensuing 12 months Dan turned his experiences into 20-odd songs, eventually whittling them down to a solid dozen chapters. Then, in spring 2019, he spent a month with the estimable Matthew E. White in Virginia bringing to life the songs in the inimitable Spacebomb country-psych-soul style. Each song tells a story, in narrative order.
Croll introduced us to the first chapter of the album ‘Grand Plan’ at the start of 2020 with the release of double a-side singles ‘Yesterday’ (an ode to opportunities missed whilst being mentored by national treasure Paul McCartney) and ‘Stay In L.A.’ both recounting the beginning stages of a seismic shift in his life and the decision to relocate halfway round the world. After the release of his second album ‘Emerging Adulthood’, Croll, like many in the latter half of their twenties, questioned the very fibre of his being; career; relationships; life choices; future; so he upped sticks and moved to L.A. and hasn’t returned. The resulting transition to life in California, going back to basics with his songwriting and taking inspiration from the music that truly inspired him (James Taylor, Burt Bacharach, Joni Mitchell), many of which are part of Laurel Canyon’s musical heritage, bore the musical fruits which formed his new record and a new era for this prolific songwriter.
Speaking about the experience and his return to the music scene Dan explains, “The past two years have been a rollercoaster, starting from scratch, alone in a different country, but I’m so happy to have come out the other end with this collection of songs. Feels great not only to be back on the music scene, but to be doing it with songs that I finally feel represent the influences and music I truly love.”
Recently Dan launched a live stream companion to accompany his regular weekly ‘Special Delivery’ playlist. Taking place on his instagram live, it’s a live listen along, where Dan plays some of his favourite tracks, old and new. The radio-show style live stream is a window into the inspirations behind the new record, broadcasting live every Sunday from his LA home studio.
Over the course of recent weeks owing to the worldwide lockdown Dan Croll has reignited the ‘Dial Dan’ hotline – for those needing a mental escape during quarantine. He’s accepting calls / texts / WhatsApp audio and messages from all over the globe every Monday. Already it’s seen some wonderful interactions with fans around the world. Check Dan’s social media for hotline hours – why not get involved and Dial Dan on +1-323-304-1701
In response to the global pandemic Dan Croll has rescheduled his live dates to September 2020. See Dan Croll live:
8 Sept – London – Oslo, Hackney
9 Sept – Paris – Hasard Ludique
10 Sept – Amsterdam – Cinetol
11 Sept – Berlin – Curfew Bar
16 Sept – New York City – Rockwood 2
18 Sept – Los Angeles – Gold Diggers
Tickets on sale from www.DanCroll.com
Pre-order ‘Grand Plan’ here – http://dancroll.lnk.to/grandplan
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