Declan McKenna first popped onto everyone’s radar when he won Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition last year. Currently performing at SXSW in Austin, Texas this month, he seems to be on a great trajectory for 2016, and I wouldn’t be surprised if his lyrics are dripping from everyone’s lips by the end of the year. I first stumbled across the young gentleman when I heard comparisons being made between Declan and other Brit singer/songwriters such as Jake Bugg, Jamie T and RATBOY. Declan McKenna shares the same lyrical mastery and songwriting prowess as these aforementioned artists. Over the last few years, there have been a slew of brilliant songwriters from the UK, and their English twang cuts through the American content nausea.

Declan McKenna’s single “Brazil“, released in 2014, but only gaining traction now, is evidence of how sempiternal the quality of his songwriting is – even more astounding when you realise Declan is still a teenager. With slightly dystopian lyrics, and self-expressed passion to write about what holds meaning to him, his upbeat guitar and charming voice, Declan McKenna embodies enough pop sensibility and edgy authenticity, to offer something to everyone.

Watch the “Brazil” video here:

Contributor: Clyde Davis