British artist Declan McKenna released ‘Beautiful Faces in January 2020, taken from his second album Zeros, coming 21 August 2020.
In late 2019, Declan headed out to Nashville to record Zeros with producer Jay Joyce. “Nashville is a great place to record because it’s filled with a lot of creative people and music heads trying to escape LA.” This idea of a refuge is fitting for Declan, wanting to be away from the pressures of London or the drab consistency of home, allowing for an intimacy and a desire to explore on this album that can only really be pursued in a place that is unfamiliar. Like Nashville, the record is playful, wonderfully strange and intensely musical, but there’s a dark shadow looming throughout. It’s Coors Light and cowboy boots escaping a Silicon Valley dystopia. Declan first emerged in 2015 with politically charged single ‘Brazil,' which directly addressed the corruption scandal then engulfing soccer's governing body, FIFA. As 'Brazil' gained traction throughout 2015, Declan’s star began to rise, and that summer he took home the Glastonbury Festival's coveted Emerging Talent prize. His debut album, What Do You Think About the Car?, produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford was released in summer 2017.