AOTW: Declan McKenna – “What Happened to the Beach?”

March 28th, 2024 by Liz Kosik

by Fiona Galang ’27

Album of the Week: Declan McKenna“What Happened to the Beach?”

Released: February 2024

Rate: 6/10

RIYL: Djo, Domonic Fike, Surf Curse, The La’s

Declan McKenna is an Alternative/Indie UK singer and songwriter. He’s most known for his song “Brazil” which was actually criticizing the FIFA 2014 World Cup. McKenna is known for writing his music about things he feels strongly for and things that happen in his life. He released “Zeros” (2020) and now “What Happened to the Beach?” (2024).

This album features songs that fall under psychedelic pop, lo-fi, alternative funk, and more. It’s definitely one of his more experimental albums, the lyrics being more up to listeners’ interpretations rather than telling his own stories and opinions. Track 7 “Nothing Works” almost reminds me of Kid Cudi without the rap because of its psychedelic feel. My favorite by far is Track 5 “Mulholland’s Dinner and Wine,” it’s mellow but still upbeat.

I would listen to this album when I need to chill and contemplate life, some songs honestly feel a little sad. If you enjoyed “Brazil”, definitely check out his new album!

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