Declan McKenna -- What Do You Think About the Car

“Isombard” by Declan McKenna

Declan McKenna is on one hell of a trajectory. At 16, the English singer-songwriter won the 2015 Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition; at 17, he signed with Columbia Records; and yesterday — at the tender age of 18 — McKenna released his debut LP What Do You Think About the Car?

Comparisons to Ed Sheeran are understandable to a point (both are white, heady English guys with a guitar and something to say), but I personally don’t hear it. McKenna’s music is just… fun (despite some heavy subject matter). And What Do You Think About the Car? is super impressive regardless of his age, chock full of potent pop-rock tunes — including our Song of the Day, the frantic “Isombard.”