Paddy Mulcahy: How to Disappear review – Exquisite electronica from Limerick composer

Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 05:00

   
 

Album:
How to Disappear

Artist:
Paddy Mulcahy

Label:
Phases

Genre:
Electronic

Paddy Mulcahy is a young musician and composer from Limerick who has already played alongside classical and electronic royalty such as Lubomyr Melnyk and Nils Frahm. His work has featured on international ad campaigns for blue-chip brands such as Deliveroo and Belstaff and also featured at numerous illustrious film festivals, including Cannes, London Surf and Newport Beach, and at London Fashion Week. 

How to Disappear is Mulcahy’s second full-length album following a piano-based debut in 2015, Tape Sketches, and a five-track EP, entitled Twenty Six. This is a far more ambitious and expansive project, soundtracking and documenting a personal sonic odyssey over 18 months when Mulcahy left Ireland, lived and wrote in Montreal, discovered the joys of modular synths, and brought it all back home to his native Limerick to forge this exquisite collection. 

Tracks such as the pretty and soothing Sunset Connoisseur evoke travel, adventure, contemplation and beauty. Sunday’s Child is probably as good an electronic track as you’ll hear from anybody anywhere in the world right now. 

When Away concludes How to Disappear with a fragile piano melody that wouldn’t sound too out of place as an outtake from the seminal Drukqs double album by Aphex Twin. How to Disappear packs a formidable emotional punch.

This is music for sitting still, letting the world drift by and daring to dream.