hmv's Next Big Thing - December 14, 2016

hmv's Next Big Thing... #101 Declan McKenna
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hmv's Next Big Thing... #101 Declan McKenna

Every Wednesday we recommend a brand new artist who we think you're going to love. This week we bring you trailblazing troubadour Declan McKenna...

 

Who Is He?

McKenna, who still only 17, first came to prominence when he won Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition in 2015 and has continued to go from strength to strength in the time between with a series of excellent singles. He's now landed himself a spot on the BBC Sound Of 2017 list setting himself up nicely for next year and his debut album, which is being produced by Arctic Monkeys/Foals man James Ford...

 

Who Does He Sound Like?

There's a lot of classic Britpop in here, with McKenna clearly looking to how the likes of Damon Albarn and Jarvis Cocker threaded complex lyrical themes over relatively simple musical backgrounds, but there's more in here too, bits of The Smith, a little splash of Jamie T and a dollop of The Streets. 

 

Why Should I Be Excited?

Big tunes with bouncy keyboards and hummable choruses, a classic mixture. 

 

Can I Hear Something?

You sure can. His single 'Isombard' is below for you and you can check out his earlier singles here in our digital store. 

 

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