On Take It Too Far, solo newcomer Dan Stock sings of a stop-start relationship that, in his own words, is “so fragile it can be undone in an instant”.
It’s the title track to his new EP, unveiled on Monday, and compelling evidence that his label Heavenly Recordings have snapped up a serious indie prospect that you may well hear a lot more about in the years to come.
Dan’s sheeny vocal drawl propels Take It Too Far along, as he tells – in clean rhyming structures – of how he’s reduced to “a bloke with a wandering heart”. It’s all perfected by stacked guitars, and the able production of Temples’ James Bagshaw.
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The other two offerings on the debut EP, both previously released, reveal 21-year-old Dan’s ability to rue and reflect: Baby Valentino is a charcoaled ballad, Have You Heard The News a lament.
Dan Stock also released a single, Bright Ideas, last year. Before that he was frontman of indie duo Reporters, releasing two EPs in his teens, Only Noise and Seen Leaving, with ex-bandmate Josh Ringsell.
He’s performing live at a few festivals in May. The highlights include Live at Leeds and Liverpool Sound City (on the same day, 5 May), and a showcase at The Great Escape in Brighton (between 17-19 May).
He’s also supporting Heavenly labelmate Hatchie at London’s Sebright Arms on 22 May.
Dan Stock Live Dates
May 5 – Live at Leeds – Leeds, UK
May 5 – Liverpool Sound City – Liverpool, UK
May 6 – Sounds From The Other City – Salford, UK
May 17-19 – The Great Escape – Brighton, UK
May 22 – Sebright Arms – London, UK