Janelle Kroll Releases New Single 'Barricade'
Barricade is an appropriate continuation on Kroll's last release, the Outsider EP, in which she fully explores the realms of dreampop and alternative pop a la contemporaries Banks, AlunaGeorge and Lana Del Rey. Whereas Outsider is more sentimental, Barricade is a few shades brighter, where playful lyrics intertwine with sensual melodies for a sultry treat.
Prior to Outsider and Barricade, Kroll developed her singing and songwriting chops through various creative partnerships including her time singing lead vocals while on tour with indietronica outfit Big Data in the summer of 2014 as well as a co-writing credit with Estelle on "Time Share (Suite 509)" off her 2015 album, True Romance. Kroll first left her mark on the world with her 2015 hit, "Sunny Days," which was featured on Spotify's influential New Music Playlist. The track later went Top 10 on the streaming platform's US Viral Chart and Global Viral Chart. Further backed by ongoing support from tastemaker media outlets like Harper's Bazaar, Billboard, Pigeons & Planes, and more, Kroll secured a coveted performance slot on internationally celebrated music festival Lollapalooza in her native Chicago in 2015, a special homecoming show of sorts. Elsewhere, Kroll has worked as a featured vocalist on a handful of tracks from buzzing electronic dance music acts, including Moon Boots ("Utopia") and Autograf ("Metaphysical"), as well as house music veteran Dennis Ferrer on "Mind Your Step," which dominated radio stations across Europe.
And while Kroll's cutting lyrics and deep-seated songs come from a very personal space, they reach audiences from all walks of life. Her story unfolds as a solo mission teeming with universal appeal to which she credits to her self-created notion of "dependent music," a connection with listeners bridged solely by the raw emotions and emotional dependencies we all share as humans.
"Music should help you with your troubles, with what you're hung up on, and help you find a release," Kroll explains. "In life, we go through a wide range of experiences, but with a limited range of emotions. I want my music to validate other people's feelings and help them feel special, whether that's taking them someplace else or bringing them deeper within themselves."
With Barricade, Janelle Kroll accomplishes both, taking listeners on a journey that's part personal and part communal, singular and universal, reality and dream.