Forget going big or going home. For Britain’s breakout star Declan McKenna, it’s all about being “Humongous.” The 18-year-old just dropped the single for the first track on his upcoming debut album What Do You Think About The Car? and it’s suitably charming.
Clad in enough glitter to make Kesha proud, McKenna stomps around cities and deserts in a whimsical ode to the adventures we thought up and played out in our childhood—well, besides the fire-eyed Chihuahuas, hallucinogenic visuals straight out of an acid trip. “I'm big, humongous, enormous and small and it's not fair," he sings as he shreds through chords on his electric guitar. "That I am nothing and nobody's there. Do you care?"
It’s the latest taste test of what’s shaping up to be one of the most inspired debuts for the young artist who broke out with “Brazil,” a song about the corruption of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In the years-long buildup to next month’s debut album, he’s kept busy with everything from a showstopping rendition of “Hold Up” by Beyonce to a heartbreaking Matt Lambert-directed music video for “Paracetamol” that focused on a trans teenager’s life.
It’s all par for the course for McKenna, who has become an outspoken advocate for the LGBTQ community since starting his career. As he explained last month to OUT, “There are obviously a lot of things happening in the world that just aren't right, and people are put in positions they should not be put into. I believe that we need to start treating people in a way that we would like to be treated, and stop pressuring people into not being themselves.” At a time when the LGBTQ community faces renewed pressure and violence at home and abroad, it’s artists like McKenna who are paving the way one track at a time.