DECLAN McKENNA

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What Do You Think About The Car

Columbia

As young men with acous­tic gui­tars dom­i­nate the charts with in­of­fen­sive love songs nowa­days, 18-year-old Declan McKenna has more to say on his de­but al­bum What Do You Think About The

Car. The Bri­tish singer of­fers in­trepid so­cial com­men­tary while sound­ing like a fu­sion of Arc­tic Mon­keys and Pulp. Crit­i­cis­ing Fifa power and cor­rup­tion around the Brazil World Cup, chal­leng­ing the hypocrisy of Fox News pre­sen­ters on Isom­bard, and il­lus­trat­ing the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion of LGBT teens in the me­dia on Parac­eta­mol, he doesn’t shy away from speak­ing out. Pro­duced by James Ford, who has pre­vi­ously worked with Arc­tic Mon­keys, Klax­ons, Foals and Florence & The Ma­chine, What Do You Think About The Car serves up smart, sweet-sound­ing in­die pop mu­sic that comes with a well-jus­ti­fied st­ing. de­clan­m­ckenna.net

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