Written by Maria Arroyo
Singer/songwriter, Fuller, who refers to himself as an “indie pop dude” shares his debut EP, Crush Me, out now. Fuller, a.k.a. John Patrick Welsh, shares his eclectic and alternatively tasty songs that are also brought to life with the help of producer Eric Palmquist.
Bringing an insanely strong start for Fuller’s debut EP is his single, “Favorite Poison.” The recording is super clear with straight to the point lyrics that “paints a picture of a toxic romance destined for failure.” It has a great mix of realness mixed with some over exaggeration for some more flavor.
“Crush Me” has a very assertive tone to it. The song is straight to the point without any fillers or fluff in the way. Fuller says this song is about “battling the fear that comes with taking risks in life” which is depicted wonderfully in this song. It’s deeper message paired with the lightheartedness of the instrumentation really works well together. The energy he radiates comes through very well.
“Sink or Swim” has a softer transition between the different sections that make up the song, which really helps make the more intense moments bigger, and vise versa.
A highlight of the EP is hands down Fuller’s song, “Yr So Retro.” This song is tons of fun to listen to, and the strong message behind the song is a big bonus in my book. The song is in your face, but in the best of ways.
Closing out the EP is “Change My Mind.” I love the direction that he takes with the instrumentation. It keeps things different, but not so far out that it feels like a sore thumb, and really a solid close.
Fuller is a very forward-thinking writer. There’s no hiding behind metaphors or big abstract ideas, which is not super common. Sometimes it’s nice to have that sense of mystery, the ability to mold a song into something that fits the listener, but Fuller takes that away. This is totally unique, and neat in a dominant sort of way. Be sure to give the EP a listen, and keep on breaking barriers Fuller!
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