Paddy Casey’s new album ‘Turn This Ship Around’ is a two-part embodiment of the popular singer-songwriter’s two slightly different, dynamic takes on music. Half buoyant and bouncing, and half – in an almost totally distinct record – mellow and folk driven, Casey’s taken the chance to engage friends, connect with himself and indulge his creative variations.
The fifth record is a natural progression on who Paddy feels he is, and like all his work, naturally builds on the power of debut album ‘Living’, one of the biggest selling records in Irish history.
“This record is definitely two different things,” Casey tells us. “It’s two different meanings and feels. The whole reason was that when I separated songs it felt better, it didn’t feel like they belonged together. So it’s two for one.”
“I think it’s been six or seven years since I put an album out,” he continues. “I suppose this goes back to about a year after the last album. You never really know what you’re doing. I thought this album would be out a few years ago, and there were a bunch of other songs that were nearly on it. There could have been a third side as well, totally away from those songs. I just wasn’t in a rush. I could have done with doing this a couple of years ago, but I’m happy with it, I think I like every song on it. There’s a bit of blood, sweat and tears in it.”
“It’ll definitely be a pain in the ass if we don’t get to tour it a bit,” he says of the current situation around music. “I have a load of gigs booked for September, and I’m really looking forward to just smelling people again. Zoom and Instagram Live just doesn’t really cut it.”