Declan McKenna is one prohibited commodity, but he’d like to put a renouned gossip to rest.
“For some reason or other, someone pronounced that about 40 managers were meddlesome in me when we started out,” McKenna tells The News. “Somehow that changed to 40 labels. And really in about 20 interviews I’ve been asked, ‘So, about 40 labels were meddlesome in you…’ and that’s really not true.”
It’s a commendable try to common himself, but also a curtsy to the strenuous hype surrounding the 18-year-old’s budding cocktail stardom.
McKenna has already ticked off an substantial list of accomplishments for someone many years older: go viral with a strain that criticizes former FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, play Glastonbury, get sealed by Columbia Records, make a hole on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart, seem on BBC’s “Sound of 2017” list and win plaudits from influencers like NPR’s Bob Boilen.
This Friday, McKenna will be means to parasite off nonetheless another substantial attainment when he releases his entrance album, “What Do You Think About The Car?”
The record contains 11 hooky, desirous cocktail songs anchored by McKenna’s wise-beyond-his-years lyricism and his Beatles-esque knack for melody.
“Brazil,” his Sepp Blatter screed that serves as Track No. 2 on the new album, introduced McKenna as a 16-year-old viral prodigy in 2015.
A lot has changed given that sold strain took off on McKenna’s Bandcamp page.
“I had no expectations,” McKenna says. “I just done the songs.”
Something that hasn’t changed is McKenna’s incentive to use music to try weightier issues.
“I consider — maybe since of insecurities, maybe since of a series of reasons — I’ve shied divided from anything sincerely about my own life” McKenna reveals. “If it is there, it’s utterly disguised.”
While many younger songwriters tend to be some-more gentle essay from personal experience, McKenna shares that “there’s so much out there in the universe to be created about.”
For example, “Paracetamol” was desirous by transgender teen Leelah Alcorn, who took her own life in 2014, while “Isombard” tackles police savagery and facilities a curtsy to Martin Luther King, Jr.
It’s truly eloquent cocktail but disguise filtered by McKenna’s venerable perspective.
The album’s pretension is a curtsy to childish ignorance and McKenna’s early self-confidence.
On a home video — one that’s sampled in manuscript opener “Humongous” — of the McKennas checking out the new family car, Declan’s older sister asks, “Dec, what do you consider about the car? Do you like it?”
“I consider it’s really good and now I’m going to sing my new album,” a 4-year-old Declan responds.
Looking back, McKenna views that matter half-seriously as a prophecy.
And while it’s formidable to know accurately what the future holds, it’s a protected gamble that the preternaturally means British songwriter is only getting started.
Declan McKenna plays The Studio at Webster Hall on Aug 8.
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