- 29 May 20
Listen to the new single from Paddy Hanna below.
Following the release of his supergroup Autre Monde's debut album, The Imaginary Museum, earlier this year, Paddy Hanna has returned with a new single, 'Cannibals'. The new release is Hanna's first offering from his highly anticipated new solo album, The Hill – out on September 25.
"'Cannibals' is a maze of conflicted thought, it asks the question, are we decent people or demons in cheap wigs?" he says of the release. "The track mixes organic with inorganic sounds to create that conflict, acoustic instruments blend with found drum sounds while woozy synthesisers create an uncertain haze. The end-result, I hope, is something resembling Ennio Morricone by way of late period Tom Waits, but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions."
Like his previous solo album, the acclaimed Frankly, I Mutate, The Hill was produced by Girl Band's Daniel Fox – who appears on the album alongside his bandmate Adam Faulkner, on double bass and drums respectively.
"The Hill is an internal musical about how the past and the present exist at the same time in our minds," Hanna explains. "It deals with the struggles of mental health, the sometimes difficult search for happiness and the moral conflict of growing up in Catholic Ireland.
"As a listener I want you to take a seat inside my head, to smell the west cork air, to feel the gravel under your feet," he continues. "In order to get this we set up ambient mics outside our makeshift studio to capture the natural landscape, we wandered boatyards and an abandoned train station recording old bits of metal we would clang, to give the album a sense of place. Sonically we also wanted to step away from the String sections used on Leafy Stiletto, opting instead to create melodies and tones using vocals and synthesisers.
"Most importantly however, I just wanted to put the past behind me on this record, I wanted to leave it on the hill. I hope you enjoy my therapy”.
Listen to 'Cannibals' below:
The Hill is available to pre-order now here.