British indie singer/songwriter Declan McKenna first emerged in 2014 with the shimmering, politically charged single “Brazil.” The teenaged Hertfordshire native only had a handful of self-released tracks to his name, having uploaded them to his Bandcamp page. With an attitude recalling the Libertines and Jamie T., McKenna blended bright indie pop with textural lo-fi. As “Brazil” gained traction throughout 2015, McKenna’s star began to rise, and that summer he took home the Glastonbury Festival’s coveted Emerging Talent prize. His follow-up single, “Paracetamol,” arrived in November 2015. ~ Timothy Monger, Rovi
This biography originally appeared on Billboard.