Declan McKenna – What Happened To The Beach LP

New Music Friday With Declan McKenna

February 9th, 2024

UK’s Declan McKenna releases his new album, What Happened To The Beach?, on his own label Tomplicated Records via Q Prime. It’s Declan’s third album and first since his 2020 collection, Zeros.

His new album was produced by Gianluca Buccellati (Lana Del Rey, Arlo Parks). The pop—and where it is headed—an experimental spark of inspiration is a new direction for Declan. He said, “The whole process has been less traditional. We tried to see what we could do by spending a bit more time on the recordings and getting perspective as we went along. The songs are more strange and I love that there’s this weird, wonky edge to that. I’ve taken the spirit of how I like to make music at home and just made a record out of that. It’s perhaps a record that can be listened to in a more universal context. It doesn’t always demand your attention, which I really like.”

Declan released the lead single “Symphathy” and played Lollapalooza last summer. The new single is “Muholland’s Dinner And Wine” and you can watch the video HERE

Raised in Hertfordshire, Declan was a multi-instrumentalist by the time he was a teenager and began releasing tracks on his Bandcamp page when “Brazil” began to attract viral followers in January 2015. He has released two full length albums: What Do You Think About the Car? (2017) and Zeros (2020).