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High Crimes and Misty Mornings, Paul Rocha's fourth and latest LP on his own label, Paisley Palm Record™, is a bit of a departure for him. It's his country album, a slow drip of musical misfits from over the years, just waiting to gather enough friends in flannel. Traffic was terrible, but the stagecoach just pulled in! From serial killers to dysfunctional couples. They're here! Optimistic new love to old love gone bad? They're here! Loneliness? Rejection? Betrayal? Here! Here! Here! When I say it's country, remember it's his version of country. It's foreign country. But like country, it's up and down. Dark and light. Sometimes hooky, sometimes a bit corny. And sensitive, too. Damn sensitive. 

It's 13 songs, split 7 ways, evenly. That's not easy. But he did it. 

Rocha describes his first three records as “in color,” and this one as “black and white.” A bit dressed-down from his previous offerings: the somewhat tethered and introspective Apophenia (2021), preceded by the slickity-jangle-pop Stingy Alley (2018), and the quasi-neo-psychedelic Crayons (2012). All four records are available here, for sale on CD, free download, or streaming. 

Listen to High Crimes and Misty Mornings below.

 

High Crimes and Misty Mornings

Paul Rocha

Five Chord Power Pop, bathed ever so briefly in a broken Americana and hung out to dry in a rainstorm of half questions and wrong answers. Not a perfect fit, but it's all we've got to wear and the store's closed. Maybe forever. It's okay. Behind the mask we're all broken anyway. Nobody's fooling anybody. (2024)

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