In three short years Chris Mills has gone from living the dream to living in its aftermath. I loved Mills last album, The Wall To Wall Sessions, and distinctly remember listening to album’s first track, the tragically beautiful “Chris Mills Is Living The Dream,” over and over again in a hotel room in midtown Atlanta the day it came out.
Whereas the Wall To Wall Sessions employed a veritable orchestra to convey its chamber pop confections, Living In The Aftermath finds Mills, instrumentally, in a rawer, tighter and dare I say, rock & roll space. Lyrically riffing on a blur of whatever subjects comes to mind, Mills cites horror movies, four-color ash-can adventures, and the black and white reflections of late night re-runs, as inspiration (and it shows).
Check out Aftermath’s first single below, and do make sure to listen to “Chris Mills Is Living The Dream” while you’re at it.