Sydney’s very own Declan Kelly returns with new single ‘Headlock’. Declan Kelly has a way of captivating fans with his roots and his rhythm. His 2019 album Views with a Room – featuring the beautifully stripped back singles ‘Catch Your Ego’ and ‘Take Me in Tonight’ – was a deep and reflective project that engaged with themes too rarely discussed by male artists. In tackling issues of masculinity and despondency, all while maintaining authenticity and those incredible vocal arrangements, it is easy to see why Declan has gained the respect of fans, media and esteemed colleagues such as Bernard Fanning, Katie Noonan, Alex Lloyd and Kasey Chambers. 

Written and recorded during lockdown, ‘Headlock’ encompasses the insecurities of having to navigate through these unprecedented times. Mixed by Grammy-nominated producer Justin Stanley (Prince, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Nikka Costa), the cold feeling of isolation is overcome by warm layers of folk rock, Marvin Gaye soul and Declan’s comforting vocals. 

“Riding my bike to the studio each day, I got to experience the eerie empty streets and feel the reality of our situation. Fight or flight is the central theme of ‘Headlock’, trying to figure out how we are to survive this pandemic.” 

While the light at the end of the tunnel has dimmed in the last few weeks, we can always count on Declan to provide the hope that keeps us moving forward. 


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