Following on from the release of his 2020 studio album Grand Plan and follow-up EP On Top last year, Dan Croll returns with a raw and deeply personal new track, ‘How Close We Came’ . It was recorded at Montrose Recording in Richmond, Virginia with Spacebomb’s Matthew E. White (Natalie Prass, Flo Morrissey, Slow Club) and his four-piece house band and co-produced by Dan himself.
Stripped-back and strikingly direct, ‘How Close We Came’ finds Croll reflecting on the end of a profoundly important relationship…
Speaking about the track, he said, “I’ve not had many serious breakups in my life, and most of my experiences have come through seeing friends around me going through quite explosive and toxic separations. In this case, after the initial heartbreak, it was something I felt quite proud of. We’d been through so much together and really grew into much better people, and so “How Close We Came” was about that period of looking back with pride on such a profound experience.”
Grand Plan ended on a note of romantic optimism, but his new material finds Croll at another crossroads. Still in L.A. he documents recent events with self-awareness, warmth and wit as a way to help him decide which direction to take. Five years after leaving his beloved Liverpool on a whim, his newest work poses a fundamental question – is it finally time to come home”
“What I love about songwriting is that it lets your subconscious out,” says Dan. “You start a creative ball rolling and suddenly a sea of revelations arrives. I didn’t know that my time here might be up until I listened back to the lyrics. Have I made up my mind yet? Maybe.”