Declan McKenna, recently released “Be An Astronaut.” The song is lifted from the singer/songwriters forthcoming release Zeros, out September 4th. The tracks influences include, David Bowie’s Hunky Dory, the Paul McCartney penned “When I’m Sixty Four” and his sister’s Yamaha keyboard: “I just sat down on it and had the song almost completely written in about half an hour, while my old flatmate and current bandmate Will sat listening. The sorta spacey theme had to exist as it was one of those tunes that did kind of fall to earth in front of me.”
In other news, McKenna also announced a series of additional new stops on his UK tour for Spring 2021. With many of the original live dates selling out immediately (including several venue upgrades), the tour now expands to 32 nights across the UK and Europe. Full information about these dates is available here.
All of the packaging for the new record has been manufactured using 100% recycled card or responsibly sourced FSC paper from sustainable forests and printed with vegetable or soya-based ink. The vinyl is pressed on 100% recycled compound, and the cassette format is made of recycled plastic. Fans are also being given the option to offset their carbon footprint via Carbon Checkout.
Zeros was produced by Jay Joyce with mixing by Spike Stent, was recorded in Nashville. “In terms of my artistic development, it feels a major step on from my first record. With this album, if I’m performing as a character, I wanted it to give it everything- all the artists that I love like Dylan, Nick Cave or Bowie, are great storytellers because they give their characters really intense, sometimes strange voices.”
Zeros is available for pre-order here
1. You Better Believe!!!
2. Be an Astronaut
3. The Key to Life on Earth
4. Beautiful Faces
5. Daniel, You’re Still a Child
7. Twice Your Size
9. Sagittarius A*
10. Eventually, Darling