“Not the Way I Used To Be” is the third single from East Kilbride based singer-songwriter, Paul Mullen, who compliments his raspy vocal style with dreamy lead guitar licks.
Constant dreamy-Britpop style acoustic chords add a subtle solidity to the track, with ambient backing harmonies creating quite an atmospheric and melodic presence to add to the raspy, strong lead vocals. With a length of slightly over five minutes, Mullen’s longest song yet illustrates his diversity in songwriting ability pondering the question of what is to come next from the East Kilbride based talent. The heartfelt lyrics act as a form of reflection for the songwriter, suggesting the relatable idea of taking a look at yourself to compare with the position you hope to be in.
Mullen’s previous single – “Wrong Desires”, was well received in 2020 – notably receiving a spot on the ‘Strictly Scotland: Top 50 Songs of 2020’, created by Radio host Stuart Macaulay on Spotify. Building on this acclaim, “Not the Way I Used To Be” features on the ‘Best New Bands’ Spotify playlist courtesy of This Feeling, proving its success on a much wider scale.
“I float through the halls of the never-ending house of pain, cos I never thought that’d I’d be this insane”
With many live performances under his belt, Mullen is sure to be occupied with gigs once a return to full capacity live music is permitted in the country. The indie acoustic singer also recently featured on the RCMS bill at Room 2 alongside Daisy Miles and Pandas, and B12 Entertainment’s ‘01475 Socially Distanced Summer Sessions’ of which there is a behind-the-scenes style video available to watch on YouTube (link attached below).