LP is signed by Declan McKenna.
In late 2019, Declan McKenna headed out to Nashville to record his second album, 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 21-year-old 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.
“Beautiful Faces is about young people in the modern world and how intimidating it can be. How scary it is to see so much and feel as though you’re doing so little so I wanted it to be a big song... Scary big. It very much relates to now, but I wanted to reimagine social media in this future-sphere where it has become even more immersive so that we cannot see where it ends and we begin. It’s a song about aesthetic beauty - literal beauty- but also the false power we give to people and relinquish from ourselves. It’s purposefully vague because we will project our own anxieties onto it, in the same way that we allow these vapid exchanges with one another to metamorphose into monsters that don’t actually exist, but to us they actually do.”
Declan has played several shows for Extinction Rebellion, a live IG for mental health org Calmzone, and is very outspoken about global warming, mental health and social justice. For his upcoming album Zeros, the packaging will be made of recycled card and soy/vegetable-based inks and recycled plastic shrinkwrap.