Declan McKenna has shared the single “Beautiful Faces” remixed by Skream. The first single from his forthcoming release Zeroes. The song is off McKenna’s second album Zeros, which will be released on August 21st. The album, produced by Jay Joyce with mixing by Spike Stent, was recorded in Nashville and is his first since his debut, 2017’s What Do You Think About The Car?.
Declan McKenna on Zeroes:
“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.” Declan McKenna’s Zeros is available for pre-order on all formats here.
McKenna recently shared the first single from Zeros, “Beautiful Faces.” The song and video, directed by Will Hopper (Idles, Slaves, Marika Hackman).
For Zeros, 21-year-old Mckenna decamped from his native London to Nashville, wanting to be away from the familiarity and consistency of home. He wrote all the music for the album himself and was backed on it by his long-time band. Like Nashville, the album is playful, wonderfully strange and intensely musical, and the themes and McKenna’s concerns are familiar, if evolved. There is the anxiety and disconnection of an entire generation born into a mess they did not create, as well as their alienation from a world where there seem to be multiple realities: social media, fake news, post-truth.