BOLD, passionate and utterly incendiary; Declan Welsh has remained entirely unfazed in his quest to use his music as a formidable tool for social empowerment. Fuelled by the morally corrupt evils which currently plague our society, the singer-songwriter has quickly established himself as one of the most socially conscious and enigmatic frontmen to emerge from the Glasgow music scene in some time.
Continuously winning new fans up and down the country with his fiery passion and thrilling live performances, Welsh and his band the Decadent West released new double A-side single ‘Mirrors/No Pasaran’ at the tail end of last month.
‘Mirrors’, the newest track on display, sees the frontman deliver an alluring vocal over dominant rhythms and entrancing melodies. Becoming increasingly intense as it progresses, there’s an underlying darkness to the song which powerfully unleashes itself as the band rush to an electrifying finale. A slow-burning alternative to the single’s incendiary counterpart, ‘Mirrors’ is a deeply stirring affair which conveys the band’s self-assured and increasingly accomplished approach to their craft.
Strong, moody and filled with anguish, the track has now been accompanied by a striking new visual. Directed by Neelam Khan Vela, it cleverly intersperses images of dastardly politicians and global warfare with a haunting ‘hall of mirrors’ sequence. Effectively playing into the brooding menace of the song, it sees Welsh wrestle with paranoia and disdain for the surrounding world as it crumbles around him. It all comes together to make for fearful yet deeply compelling viewing.
Having already made a significant impression at XPO North, Northern Roots and Solas Festivals this summer, Declan Welsh & the Decadent West have an exciting few weeks head with a headline appearance at King Tut’s Summer Nights on Friday 14th July and a highly anticipated slot on the Tenement TV Discover Stage at Electric Fields.
Check out the video below.