Kenton Mackay has bounced back with brand new single ‘Royalty Free’
Leaning into a heavier, grunge aesthetic, the track is a bold statement from the Austin-based musician. Through his pen, Mackay explores the superficial qualities of fame and success, channeling a pure, 80s nostalgia from start to finish. In its intricacies, the track centres itself around Radiohead’s ‘Bodysnatchers’, reimagining its original guitar riffs beneath the artist’s rich, textured vocals.
The track sets the tone for Mackay’s upcoming debut EP ‘Royalty Free’, largely recorded and produced under his own roof. Tackling themes of contemporary life, solitude and self-destruction, the project unveils a deeply personal, yet universal collection of tracks. Drawing influence from the likes of Nirvana, Beck, Black Angels and Broncho, the riser presents a refreshing, underground approach to alt-rock, one that will surely sway crowds from all walks of life.
A euphoric rush through and through, Mackay’s ‘Royalty Free’ ushers in a new era for the artist.
Speaking on the track, the rocker details: “It is an ironic pop anthem that encapsulates the realisation that, as a performer, I will inevitably have to exclaim, ‘Hey everybody! Look at me! Give me your attention and money!’ — along with the disconcerting feelings that such a proclamation brings.”
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