Saturday, 21 November 2015

Ones to Watch 2016 - #3 Declan McKenna

According to his Facebook page, our 3rd One To Watch for 2016 is inspired by the Nolan sisters and one word South American countries/ religious pilgrimage points. It certainly makes a refreshing change from Oasis and The Libertines. Declan McKenna is very much one of those who fits into the ‘how can someone so young be doing stuff like this’ category. He’s scarily good and original with it as well.

Declan first came across the Breaking More Waves radar through this years Glastonbury Emerging Talent competition (which we helped judge), where he beat thousands of other entrants to win and is now signed to a major label (Colombia Records). He’s already charmed much of the blogosphere with his incredibly hooky football protest song anthem Brazil and his latest work, a warbling casio keyboard based pop nugget called Paracetamol is further and absolute justification for including him as Ones To Watch for 2016. It's an experimental and 100% engaging tune full of ideas, that suggests that whilst this guy is still finding his way to a certain extent (let's remember he's only 16), he has the potential to go on and make a really interesting debut album. The fact that we really can't compare him to anyone that easily (some have suggested Tom Vek but we don't fully hear that) is something to celebrate. One to Watch for 2016, but maybe for '17 and '18 as well?

Declan McKenna - Paracetamol

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