(born on 1998)
Available languages: EnglishBritish indie singer/songwriter Declan McKenna first emerged in 2015 with the shimmering, politically charged single "Brazil," which directly addressed the corruption scandal then engulfing soccer's governing body, FIFA. The teenaged Hertfordshire native had only a handful of self-released tracks on Bandcamp to his name. Obsessed with Bowie and with an attitude recalling the Libertines and Jamie T., McKenna blended bright indie pop with textural lo-fi. As "Brazil" gained traction throughout 2015, McKenna's star began to rise, and that summer he took home the Glastonbury Festival's coveted Emerging Talent prize. Hyperbolically dubbed "the voice of a generation," he signed a management contract with industry giant Q-Prime, leading to a bidding war which resulted in his signing to Columbia. His follow-up single, "Paracetamol," arrived in November 2015, proving that he was no one-hit wonder. The EPs Stains and Liar followed in 2016, along with a string of socially conscious singles tackling such weighty topics as police brutality, religion, and terrorism. All six of his previously released singles eventually wound up on his bright, eclectic debut album, What Do You Think About the Car?, produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and released in summer 2017. A second set, Zeros, arrived in August 2020; self-described as "a major step on from my first record," McKenna cited influences from David Bowie to Crosby, Stills & Nash in the album's artistic direction.
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This Enfield native (raised in Hertfordshire, north of London) started his career rather young: at 16 years old, he composed his first song, Brazil, which denounced FIFA’s practices and their disastrous consequences on the poorest fringes of Brazilian society. Such was the first brick in a both pop and politically engaged edifice, which continues with unrestrained energy on this album. But his political engagement - which dealt mainly with social instability (Daniel, You’re Still a Child) - is still impregnated with a finely honed poeticism among often enigmatic lyrics. This poeticism is reinforced by the ethereal music which verges sometime on dreamlike. David Bowie’s dizzying space scenes in Be an Astronaut and the intro to The Key to Life on Earth immediately come to mind. To create this unique colour, Declan McKenna integrated his pop-rock roots with electronic elements (such as the vocoder on Rapture), but also piano glam-rock, xylophone and pizzicati strings. Finally, one can note his keen sense for a catchy pop melody and sophisticated harmonies. In short, all the elements are reunited to confirm that the young Declan McKenna is to be a future giant in British pop. © Nicolas Magenham/Qobuz
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