words by tom johnson
“It was a tough one to rework as a three piece but I was super happy with the new feel it brought,” says Dan Croll of this brilliant, stripped-back live take on his sublime Tokyo; the closing track on his brilliant Emerging Adulthood LP, and one that also formed this month’s Tokyo EP, which compiled remixes of the track from Anna Of The North, C Duncan, Fractures, and composer and arranger Paul Frith (The XX, Radiohead).
Still somewhat jubilant, and undeniably infectious, the new live version loses the heavy kick of the drums and replaces it with a somewhat more delicate, underlying and playful splash of fragile beats. Croll’s own piano is perhaps the key protagonist here, leading the new composition throughout, carrying the track with both agility and stability as the gentle guitar work and tender synth weave their way around Croll’s lead vocal, which still sounds remarkably sun-kissed and nostalgic, even as the song enters new wintery climes.
The new remix EP is out now; check out the brilliant live session below right now.
‘Emerging Adulthood‘ is out now; you can buy it here