Paj heads a retro, summery mega-collab featuring Uly, Rob de Boer, Zeenie Summers (Waterboys & Fehdah), Joe Furlong (JV Mc Morrow) & Fiachra Kinder (drums on Take me to Church)
‘Superman’ is released on August 14th 2020
To celebrate the release of ‘Superman’
Paj will perform an intimate show in The Workman’s Club, 27th August 2020
Ticket Link: View here
[Cover art is a photograph taken with expired film by Caitriona Muireann with lettering by Lauren Varian]
“As a musician with Ensemble Eriu, RiZa and Fehdah, Groenland is no stranger to global sounds and new ways of using them. The lead track on his new Nativism EP (“a reference to the current global struggle for identity and ownership”), is a beautiful guitar piece that has an African, jazz, blues and folk in its DNA.” – Nialler 9
‘Groove is overflowing’…‘one of the most heart wrenching soul vocals in Ireland’ – Remy
‘you’ve probably heard Paj perform without realising it’….‘a step out from the shadows to the forefront’ – Peter Curtin – RTE2XFM
‘Brilliant track’ – BBC NI Across The Line
‘very tasty stuff’ – District Magazine
‘One of the best EPs released this year’ – John Barker, 98FM
‘very soulful’ – The Irish Jam
The first Paj release of 2020, Superman comes with an all-star lineup and a 70’s throwback chorus that recalls Lee Fields & Curtis Mayfield.
Collaborating under quarantine, Uly lent his trumpet, Rob de Boer & Zeenie Summers their vocals, Joe Furlong his bass and Fiachra Kinder his drums to Paj’s vocals, guitars & keys.
Superman is a song that acknowledges the pressure that we put on ourselves:
‘Everybody wants to be a superman, everybody wants to be the best they can’
Borrowing the phrase from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) made popular by Blindboy Boatclub; ‘I’m no better than no-one else, and no-one’s better than me’ the lyrics offer a catchy mantra of self-love and watching out for one another.
Superman reminds you to go gently because everyone has a private battle.
Superman is mixed by Paj & Alex Borwick, mastered by Darragh Nolan
Notes to editor:
In 2019, Paj released his warmly received debut EP Pastel.
The lead single Fly On :
- Was played on BBC Radio Ulster, multiple 98FM & RTE 2XM plays, Today FM, Flirt FM, Eirewave, KCLR 96FM, 8Radio, Northern Sound & PLAYIRISH Radio.
- Was one of GoldenPlec’s featured weekly Irish songs and Roddie Cleer’s feature of the week on KCLR 96FM
- Led to a BBC NI Introducing Across the Line acoustic session live December broadcast
His debut 2019 track Friends Confused
- Was played on BBC Across The Line Introducing
- was placed on Spotify’s editorial playlist ‘A Breath of Fresh Eire’
- was a hit on PLAYIRISH Radio played over 200 times
Paj has previously supported Billy Idol, M People, Hiatus Kaiyote, Taylor McFerrin & Thundercat while working with artists Loah, Martin Hayes, Fehdah & Ensemble Eriu, and has performed in USA & Portugal with subsequent Eurovision song contest winner (2017) & Universal Artist Luisa Sobral.