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Declan McKenna Talks 'Brazil,' Inspirations & When to Expect His Debut Album: Watch

The 17-year-old British singer has love for everyone from The Beatles to St. Vincent

Declan McKenna's debut EP Liar dropped today (May 20) and it furthers the 17-year-old's promise heard on past singles "Brazil" and "Paracetamol." With the former single rising at alternative radio, the London native stopped by Fuse HQ and gave insight into creating his youthful, Weezer-meets-The-1975 sound:

"I like to perform as much of [a song] as I can myself. On 'Brazil,' I played pretty much everything except the drums...I've been writing songs since I've been seven years old. I started trying be a soloist once I got my first loop pedal when I was 13. From then, I started trying to develop myself and my own sound, copying the bands that I listen to and eventually coming up with a load of stuff that I thought was kind of decent. It was quite a nice, natural progression."

Those bands and influences include The BeatlesDavid BowieJeff Buckley and St. Vincent.

McKenna says that he's going to spend the summer recording tracks for his upcoming full-length album that should be released "early next year" after he drops a few more singles.

You can stream McKenna's Liar EP now on Spotify. After that, take a look at the "Brazil" video below:


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