Dan Croll is taking a serious look at his image before he makes his stateside return this summer. The British singer and multi-instrumentalist takes the “Bad Boy” stereotype to task on the first American single from his upcoming sophomore album Emerging Adulthood, out July 21 on Kobalt Music Recordings and Communion Records.
Following the runaway success of his 2014 debut album Sweet Disarray and its ubiquitous single “From Nowhere,” Croll has decided to stay true to himself by reevaluating his formative years and digging deeper into his musical roots. The 26-year old uses “Bad Boy” to comment on a certain cringe-inducing period of life with the experience and wisdom that one can only have when it’s farther in the rearview.
“‘Bad Boy’ was about what seemed to be a common phase of teenage life where either the girls wanted the stereotypical bad boy, or the guys tried to become the stereotypical bad boy, and how at the end of the day it all came down to a lack in confidence and usually ended in tears,” Croll says.
The single is emblematic of Croll’s strengths in his songwriting and appeal in defying the singer-songwriter aesthetic. Most notable is his ability to mix and match the conventions of different genres, from his pop song structures to the folk singer authenticity. Check out “Bad Boy” below.
Emerging Adulthood was recorded in Atlanta at Milk Money Studios with producer Ben Allen, whose credits include Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz, Deerhunter, Cee Lo Green, and Matt & Kim. Pre-orders for the album as well as general tickets to Croll’s North American tour in September will be available June 2.