McCann releases all conquering second single from new album

Cavan singer-songwriter Paul McCann has released ‘Divide and Conquer' a second single from his new album. Paul released the first single ‘Lost In This Moment’ off his upcoming album in mid-October.

It received over 1,500 streams on Spotify within its first week, and attracted rave reviews from the likes of HotPress, Our Muchness Guide, Our Sound Music, Edgar Allan Poets, and Pure Mzine. It also drew radio play on Near FM, Shannonside FM, LMFM, Dundalk FM, KCLR 96FM, IndyLive Radio and many more.

With his forthcoming album titled ‘Alter Ego’ (due in 2023), Paul the multi-instrumentalist chronicled his grief following the sudden death of his father in late 2019.

Where previously McCann had played most of the instrumentation himself, the format of his follow up to 2018’s ‘Here Comes the Rapture’ is somewhat different, featuring guest appearances from several high-profile musicians including Jason Falkner (St. Vincent, Beck, Paul McCartney); Roger Joseph Manning Jr (Beck, Jellyfish, Air); Charlotte Hatherley (Ash, Bat for Lashes); Gary Lucas (Jeff Buckley, Captain Beefheart), and others.

Paul’s music draws inspiration from a wide variety of sources, from Jeff Buckley to The Beatles, Kate Bush to Johnny Cash, Queens of the Stoneage to Nick Drake and beyond. The songs included on these releases cross a wide variety of genres, including power pop, folk and alternative rock.

In the past Paul has played high-profile gigs around the world, including Liverpool’s Cavern Club, in Nashville, multiple appearances at Electric Picnic, and also performed with Rufus Wainwright, Pugwash, The Strypes, Duncan Maitland (Picturehouse), Sandy Kelly and Nelson Bragg (Brian Wilson Band/Beach Boys). Paul previously also played with Aine Cahill, and he toured Ireland's prison system with the Johnny Cash tribute ‘Get Rhythm’.

He began carving out a solid solo career for himself in 2015, starting with two acclaimed EPs - ‘The Magician’ (2015) and ‘Beginning to End’ (2017), following that up with the ballad single ‘Widow Maker Blues’.