Dan Croll: “One Of Us”
Dan Croll crafts melodic pop songs in such a way that his output seems almost effortless. But constructions like “One Of Us” — the first new song from Croll since his 2014 debut album — don’t happen by accident or without the kind of talent this Liverpool native possesses. Croll’s new album is set for release some time soon, and it’s one he recorded with producer Ben H. Allen in Atlanta. Allen is known for his work with CeeLo Green, Deerhunter, and Animal Collective, so odds are Croll’s sophomore record will be quirky and catchy.
“One Of Us” employs grinding guitars, layered vocals with plenty of reverb and effects, and a relentless drumbeat that all support a earworm-y melody. The breakdown in the song’s final minute jams in all the awesome licks and pounding drums your ears can handle before giving way to the song’s airy conclusion. What to do when resistance seems futile? Enjoy the sweet peace of surrender and assimilation, my friend.