Disconcerting P AKA Padraig McCauley has impressed as much as any Irish artist over the past few years – prolific, passionate and prodigious – McCauley’s already amassed a pretty impressive back catalogue.
Disconcerting P continues this fine form, bringing the mellow, laid-back vibes with his new EP, entitled Shakin‘. Relying on a gentle and precise indie-folk sound with understated surf-rock harmonies, these are soothing, dreamy and jaunty americana/country tinged songs. Good old fashioned pop songs in fact, filled with sinuous melodies, organic arrangements and an assured sense of style that proves all too infectious. The bubbly and buoyant ‘Hey Man’, breezy ‘Binki’ and rhythmic guitar-pop ditty ‘Ain’t Working’ (full value for of an early Lennon/McCartney comparison) are all on the right side of familiar. However, the lyrics delve into melancholy on more than one occasion, as we are regaled very personal tales submerged in classic pop. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is McCauley’s finest work to date, it is an magnificent collection of homespun tunes. It’s been said many times before, but it is perplexing how someone with an abundance of talent and dearth of great tunes, can remain in the shadows for so long.
The Shakin‘ EP is available to download for however much you feel like paying over at Bandcamp. You can also check out Disconcerting P’s GruffWuff inclusion, ‘Treated You Rough’ – of which you can download here for FREE. Listen to it all below.