EP Review: Dan Croll – From Nowhere EP

Dan Croll has literally come From Nowhere to become one of the hottest new artists of 2013. Despite having to perform in one of the hottest time-slots at Austin City Limits (what felt like 105°F), his was my favorite set of the weekend. Sure, there were much bigger and more expensive performances: Phoenix, Muse, Depeche Mode, Atoms For Peace, etc., but Dan was the best. When the guitarist broke a string, they didn’t have a roadie come out to swap guitars. Dan paused a moment to talk about how ACL was their biggest performance to date and how the guitarist was changing tunings, so he could continue without changing strings. It was a pure and innocent moment. He was so completely honest and cool. Dan continued to carry on a conversation with the audience throughout the set, like we had known each other since primary school. You got the impression that he didn’t care about being famous or selling records, a mantra that brightly shines through in the From Nowhere EP.

Key Tracks: Compliment Your Soul” and “From Nowhere” 


Unfortunately, Dan hasn’t released a full length album yet, but this is a great start! The EP begins with a Bossa Nova drum beat from what sounds like a stock rhythm on an old synthesizer. It sets the pace and mood of the whole EP. Fun, light-hearted, sexy, groovy. Cue the rip-roaring guitar, punchy bass, and the gentle harmonies that highlight Dan’s kind and clear voice. The layers of vocals beg the listener to join in to sing-along to these larger-than-life songs.

The instrumentation is great. The lyrics are catchy and fun. The drum beats make you want to dance. What more could you ask for from a debut EP? Expect to hear much more from Dan Croll. His sound is unique and stripped bare. The clarity and honesty of his style is contagious. Listening to Dan Croll is a sure-fire way to brighten any day.

– Joseph Noga
Account Executive, Education | FirstCom Music

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