I haven’t been able to stop listening to Hell Paso.
From early standouts like “Oklahoma Sun” and “YellaBush Road,” to a few sleepers like “Better Without You” and “Sad Song,” I think it’s safe to say it’s already one of my favorite albums from this year.
And there’s one in particular that I especially love called “Three Weeks.”
Obviously, Koe isn’t really in the “country” genre, and definitely leans more to the rock and grunge side of things when it comes to his sound (which you’ll definitely find on most of this record), but this one is a good old fashioned country song if I’ve ever heard one.
A solo write by Koe, the production is pretty simple and producer Taylor Kimball really lets the song breathe, with mostly an acoustic guitar backing Koe’s twangy Texas vocals.
That in and of itself is cool to hear, because it’s not something Koe does very often as he typically opts for more loud and rousing production, which I also appreciate on his other songs, and it just makes this one all the more special.
And like I mentioned before, from a lyrical perspective, it features some of the best on the whole record. I love the concept of how it’s been “three weeks” since his breakup, as he details all the things that haven’t taken as long as he thought they would to change after the relationship ended.
On the other hand, there are certain things that he does miss, which have also come to light in the three weeks he’s spent alone missing this girl. It also doesn’t really have a true chorus, so listening to it feels like getting a peak inside his head and hearing a stream of consciousness almost, which really works on a song like this.
He comes to terms with all of it in the final verse, stating that he can’t keep living this way and that he needs to find a way to move on with his life:
“‘Cause I hate this relationship
When you’re so sad and I haven’t slept
It’s not good for you to be feeling this way
And I drug this out for too damn long
I’m even pussy enough to sing this song
I can’t believe that it took me to see all of this in three weeks”
All of the aforementioned elements come together so beautifully on this song, and if this is any indication of what’s to come on the next project, I can’t wait to hear it.
And we already do know that there’s way more where “Three Weeks” came from, as Koe confirmed on the Whiskey Riff Raff podcast that a 90’s country-style album is coming and that he’s already been writing for it some.
He also previewed the first tune from that forthcoming album with the final track on Hell Paso, which is tentatively (and possibly permanently) called “To Be Continued.” Definitely check that one out, too, for a good little teaser of when Koe goes full-country.
Or should we call it “Kountry”? I think it kinda works…
Either way, make sure you give “Three Weeks” a download and turn up all 13 tracks on Koe’s fifth studio album… you certainly won’t regret it, and that’s a promise.
You can stream Hell Paso everywhere you listen to music here.
“To Be Continued”