Alt pop superstar DAN CROLL selects some choice cuts that he was listening to while recording his second album, Emerging Adulthood. With choices ranging from heartland rock classics to modern trip hop, Dan’s dansette selections reveal the full range of inspiration he assimilated into his new LP.
Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp
I was listening to their album Nabuma Rubberband a lot whilst in the studio. The whole production of the album was brilliant but this was by far my favourite track; it’s got such a great drive and I love the balance of the double bass and drum kit with all of the electric elements, something that I was trying to balance myself in the studio.
Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
Similar to Little Dragon, Sylvan Esso had this great balance of delicate vocals and big synths, perhaps more minimal in its production, but equally as hard-hitting.
Tame Impala – Currents
Kevin Parker is a bit of a personal hero of mine, so Tame Impala are always going to be a big reference in the studio. With it being just me in the studio/behind the instruments, I have to slowly layer the songs bit by bit, and at times, it can be hard to balance all of those layers and give them their moments to shine. I’ll always put on this album to hear how it’s done right.
Grizzly Bear – Sun In Your Eyes
Tokyo is the first song I’ve written on piano, so starting to lay it down in the studio felt quite new and I wanted to make sure I had some solid references for it. This was one of them, even though there’s a lot going on in the choruses, the piano still sits really nicely. I also wanted that last chorus to really take off and this track smashes that anthemic finale feel.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – American Girl
Most front of house guys I come across use Tom Petty to check the PA, and never really understood why until I started to really give him a listen. Everything he does just really seems to punch through with absolute clarity. The guitar and drums work incredibly well together in this track and was something I wanted, mainly for the track Bad Boy.
A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
Swim was one of the first songs I wrote for this album, but at that time, I didn’t have a drum kit in my studio so had to go down the sampling rabbit hole, something that A Tribe Called Quest did so well, this was one of the big references.
Deerhoof – Learning To Apologize Effectively
When you’re playing all the instruments individually and stacking them up, it can be really tough to get that band feel that you would get from more of a live approach to tracking. It was important to have some references that gave me that band feel playing when I wasn’t recording and this was one of my favourites.
Emerging Adulthood is available now via Communion Records.