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Former LIPA student Dan Croll releases new live album

18/02/2021

Following the release of his critically acclaimed third album ‘Grand Plan’, released last year through Communion Records, Dan Croll who studied here in Liverpool at LIPA has now announced plans for a new live album of his latest full-length, due out on April 2nd.

Although arriving as a digital only release, ‘Grand Plan Live’ will be split into two parts, much like a double album release, with ‘Disc 1’ being the audio from the Spacebomb live stream (Live at Spacebomb) and ‘Disc 2’ the audio from the Wild Honey Pie live music video series, which accompanied the original release.

Previewing the live record are the two versions of his standout single ‘So Dark‘, from both sides of the release. While the ‘Live at Spacebomb’ version saw him reconnect with his live band, the ‘Live From An Uber’ version is a far more stripped-back and off-the-cuff rendition of the original offering. Each performance of the track aims to add a new and unique texture to the song, giving the listener a totally different sonic experience each time and something closer to what they have come to expect from Dans live shows / performances.

You can listen to both versions of ‘So Dark’ here.

With live / touring around the release of ‘Grand Plan’ an impossibility, Dan wanted to share more of the live experience with his fans. The ‘Live at Spacebomb’ recordings saw Dan return to Spacebomb studios in Richmond Virginia where the album was originally recorded and reunite with producer Matthew E. White, who performed live for the session, alongside the original band who played on the album. It was a chance for all involved to collaborate once again, albeit in very different circumstances. Originally recorded exclusively for a one off ‘live stream’ event this is the first time fans will be able to listen back to the live recording on all streaming platforms.

As the ‘Live at Spacebomb’ sessions were recorded during the height of the pandemic, vigilance, facemasks and an abundance of Covid testing were just some of the precautions necessary when it came to creating the session.

Speaking about the new collection, Dan says:

“The idea of releasing a live album was born from the sessions we’d done pre-pandemic with Wild Honey Pie, and then during it with Spacebomb. I thought it would be a great contrast to capture the audio from those sessions on one album. One side that hears me playing my songs worry free around L.A. at the places where I wrote them, and the other side locked down in Richmond, distanced and masked in Spacebomb studios. Hopefully this album can somewhat temporarily fill the void of live gigs until were all back together again.”

PRE-SAVE ‘Grand Plan Live’ here.

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