The album art for Dan Croll's Sweet Disarray

Dan Croll

Sweet Disarray

Dan Croll has the potential to be more than the sum of his influences, but right now, eh sounds like everything that’s cool on pop radio with a cool kid vibe. It’s not new, but it’s a ton of fun.

And just like that, I have a new favourite indie pop musician. Dan Croll is fantastic. He’s got more cheer than Christmas, and he offers a nice twist on pop music these days. While some people would seek comparisons to Jack Johnson, Sweet Disarray sounds like a pop record crafted while listening to Vampire Weekend on a loop.

The chorus in From Nowhere surprises me every time, with the guitar quickly getting caught in a loop in my head. Thinkin Aboutchu sounds dangerously like a song I’ve heard on the radio many times (can’t put my finger on which ones), but offers just enough of a twist to be quite clearly and cleverly different.

Some of the songs get a lot deeper than their initial surface value appears — check out Only Ghost, for example, which demonstrates both musical prowess and strong composition. They balance the pop songs quite well. I also love the title track and Home for similar reasons. This album is so fresh and optimistic that it’d be a shame to miss it.