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The main voice emanating from the Grand Pocket Orchestra, Paddy Hanna opens his 2014 account with a release under his own name. The debut solo album from the Popical Island musician is set to be a sumptuous affair, featuring No Monster Club’s Bobby Aherne on bass and Enda Canavan behind the skins. Full of warmth and light, his new material to date has been all about brow-soothing. If Hanna appeared at the end of your bed one night and started singing lullabies to you it would be bizarre, sure, but you wouldn’t tell him to put a sock in it and get the hell out. The cheery, insistent ‘Join The Army’ and ode to the late, great, obese soul legend ‘Barry White’ both glide along with little fuss or effort on first listen. Then an hour later you realise they’ve taken root in your brain. Deceptively gentle, extremely clever pop.

PHOTO by Stephen Allen

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