Video(s) of the Moment #2112: Declan McKenna

By on Thursday, 9th June 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

::plays Twilight zone music:: We’re at a palindromic number for today’s Video of the Moment, so I thought I’d gift you with something special. Well, two videos for the price of one. How’s that? Declan McKenna, who wowed both Carrie and me at SXSW 2016 back in March, has a new music video out this week for his single ‘Bethlehem’. Continuing in the same fine fashion as in previous singles ‘Paracetamol’ and ‘Brazil’, the Hertfordshire teen tackles another decidedly un-pop topic in his lyrics.

As the first video below portrays – or at least what we’re led to believe – is that as might be expected for a song named after a famous religious site, ‘Bethlehem’ is about escaping the shackles of restrictive religion. Also included below is a live version of the single, with McKenna and his band rocking out in the studio last month. It’s cool to listen to and watch, as when Carrie and I saw him in Austin, he was performing alone and with the crutch of a tabletop of equipment and plenty of effects pedals. In this live video, you get a better sense of what it would be to see Declan McKenna play live. Watch both videos featuring ‘Bethlehem’ below. For more on Declan McKenna on TGTF, go here.

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