Janelle Kroll is a Chicago-born, New York-based singer-songwriter who shapes her individually crafted songs through her powerful use of human emotions and real-life sentiments. She lays it all out on her newest EP, Barricade, set for a fall 2017 release through NYC indie label Lokal Legend. On Barricade, Kroll freely explores the definitive themes surrounding her personal life—emotional authenticity, impermanence, and independence—to produce 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.
Barricade is an appropriate continuation to Kroll’s last EP, Outsider, in which she fully explores the realms of dream-pop and alternative pop à la contemporaries Banks, AlunaGeorge, and Lana Del Rey. 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 (summer 2014) as well as a co-writing credit with Estelle on “Time Share (Suite 509)” (True Romance, 2015). 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 the internationally celebrated music festival Lollapalooza in her native Chicago in 2015. 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 Ur Step,” which dominated radio stations across Europe.