05. Who Took The Beat?
06. Myself Fooling Mebandcamp; https://chrismullin.bandcamp.com/album/myself-fooling-me
“Chris Mullin who participated as a bassist in the performance of Hurricane #1 that was held in Japan last year, I think many people are deprived of their solid play and frank personality (one of them also). In addition to H # 1 besides The Sums (a band led by former Smaller’s Peter “Digsy” Deary, a longtime best friend with Noel Gallagher, Oasis’s ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ wrote about him) He has released a career first solo sound source “Myself Fooling Me”.
Rather than being a bassist’s solo, with the impression of a singer / songwriter’s work, the development and seasoning that reminiscent of the Beatles in the medium term and beyond acoustic guitar and piano is Sararay, a song that is like him who is actually from Liverpool In line. Among them, the title track ‘Myself Fooling Me’, the episode related to this song is amazing! What is the goddess of this song … .. Paul McCartney! Originally it was titled ‘Fooling Myself’ which was written over 20 years ago, but there is an opportunity (!) To have a session with Paul a couple of years ago, when I showed this song Paul liked it , It seems that it was decided to play together a couple of times. Therefore, ideas and suggestions of titles in the song, “John (Lennon) would of loved that, the lyrics are great (John will definitely like it, especially the lyrics are wonderful!)”
I heard that you got a message saying. In other words, Paul’s seal! That’s why. As long as enviable.
There are six songs in total, there is no flashy, but as you listen to it, the rich soup juice will come out and it will bleed out, it is a good board without coming of tired. A really tasty work.”
Review by – Hiroyuki Mori
“Better known as the bassist and co-songwriter of The Sums (ex-Smaller) and bassist for nineties band Hurricane #1 who have recently reformed, Chris Mullin is set to entice his own corner of attention with his debut solo EP, Myself Fooling Me. The Liverpool bred musician bares his creative and emotional heart with a six fingered handful of songs as distinct and different from his other endeavours as they are similar in the captivation of ears and imagination; simply a collection of tracks just demanding attention.
The first of a planned series of EPs exploring Mullin’s appetite for “more experimental styles of music”, Myself Fooling Me opens up with Hard Times. As keys stroke ears and thoughts, swiftly there is a Lennon-esque quality to the song and its lively grace, Mullin’s vocal expression a heart sharing proposal accentuated by the spring of strings rising over and caressing a quickly awoken appetite for the song’s melodic suggestiveness. Catchy with increasing warm hope lining its initial melancholic tinge, the song is a captivating start to the release and introduction to Mullin’s personal creative character.
Lost At Sea follows, acoustic guitar stroking ears as Mullin’s again vocally shares his reflections being subsequently surrounded by simmering and increasingly bold flames of strings courted by celestial keys. The song laps at the senses, suggestive light shimmering on its surface before the darker hues of Colour Of Pain compellingly slip through ears. With a bluesy edge to its melodic lure and shadow hugged emotion, the outstanding track is a haunted bewitchment, melancholy and sorrow its engaging suit as Mullins reveals yet another side to his ever broadening solo journey.
From the rousing beauty of a song shouting single, Mullins shows a folkish flare with No More; a gentle melody seducing act of defiance which just grows more infectious with every passing note and word while Who Took The Beat? shows another hue to the same instinctive intent with darker emotional shadows at work. Blossoming in texture and flavour with every move, a sixties musical air from his home city as well as broader cosmopolitan scents seeping from its body, the song is one evocative serenade.
The EP closes with its title track; a song written over 20 years ago and revived after a one on one jamming session with Paul McCartney a few years back. Featuring ex-band mate, Bren Moore (Smaller/The Sums/Ella Guru) and the backing vocals of Fiona Holt O’Sullivan, Myself Fooling Me is a melody woven glide into the imagination with lyrical and vocal expression as provocative and honest as the boisterous sounds around them.
With every listen the Myself Fooling Me EP offers a richer seduction whilst sharing further depth to songwriting already part of some memorable moments with The Sums. Mullin’s solo exploration is a very different proposal to his ‘day job’, but something fans of the band and melody honed music as a whole will enthusiastically embrace.”
Myself Fooling Me is available now via Nowhere Music through all major download retailers and @ https://chrismullin.bandcamp.com/releases
Review – Pete RingMaster 29/03/2017
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“I love being surprised by music, particularly as I so rarely am. There is some great Pop around at present, be it Power Pop or Indie, you just have to root for it. You are certainly not going to fall over it or hear it on TV or Radio.
I appreciate it even more when it’s close to home and so Chris Mullin’s Myself Fooling Me is quite a revelation to these ears. Chris is co-songwriter for The Sums who continued from Noel Gallagher darlings Smaller.
The Sums continue to spread the spirit of Brit Pop, but the band are so electric that these stripped down solo songs caught me off guard. I can see why they wouldn’t necessarily fit on a Sums album, but I’m delighted that they’ve finally seen the light of day.
There’s a melodic rawness to all six songs and the man can certainly bring a hook to the proceedings. There’s even Jazz tints on the likes of Colour Of Pain and Folk on Who Took The Beat and throughout you get surprised by an unexpected arrangement or instrumental break.
The real gem though is the closer, Myself Fooling Me. Paul McCartney worked on the song with Mullin during a One To One Jamming Session and contributed both the Mid 8 and the title. It’s a haunting song with a wonderful Psych Pop accompaniment.
Chris Mullin is a busy boy with his commitments as bass player in Hurricane #1 and The Sums, but more EP’s are planned throughout the year. I can’t wait, this first one is exceptional. It’s great melodic pop.
The EP is available from all the major download retailers. You can also buy it from the solo Bandcamp page here.”
Review – Don Valentine
Chris Mullin – Myself Fooling Me
6 Track E.P. Released 18-03-2017
- Hard Times
- Lost At Sea
- Colour Of Pain
- No More
- Who Took The Beat?
- Myself Fooling Me
“Mellow, melodic, dynamic, emotional, easy listening songs that are a far step way from his normal comfort zone, the contrast from the in your face indie rock to the subtle tones of this solo E.P will leave you pleasantly surprised.”
The title track ‘Myself Fooling Me’ was written over 20 years ago and brought back to life more recently after Chris had a one on one jamming session with Paul McCartney a few years back. Chris & Paul played the song together a few times over and Macca contributed the mid 8 section to the song and also suggested the title Myself Fooling Me (which was originally ‘Fooling Myself’). Paul loved the song himself and during the session he also said “John (Lennon) would of loved that, the lyrics are great”, what a compliment!