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LISTEN: Koe Wetzel Teams Up With Jessie Murph For The Intoxicating "High Road"

Koe Wetzel's new single, "High Road," marks a significant evolution in his musical journey, highlighting his versatility as an artist. Known for his raw, unapologetic style, Wetzel softens the edges in this introspective track, revealing a nuanced emotional depth. Written by Wetzel alongside Amy Allen, Carrie Karpinen and producer Gabe Simon, the song is well pressed to take Koe to new heights.

Koe Wetzel & Jessie Murph | Photo Credit: Claire Schmitt 

The lyrics paint a vivid picture of a tumultuous relationship teetering on the brink, where both partners grapple with lingering bitterness and the urge to escape. Wetzel's raspy vocals deliver lines like "I don't need a ticket to your shit show," with a blend of resignation and resolve, capturing the frustration of being caught in a cycle of conflict. The song's chorus, "I'ma take the high road / Maybe get stoned," resonates with an almost defiant determination to rise above the chaos, offering a glimpse into Wetzel's mindset as he navigates personal struggles.

The addition of Jessie Murph’s soulful voice adds a compelling counterpoint, creating a dynamic interplay that enhances the narrative of mutual disillusionment and strained loyalty. Her verse, "You come home smelling like liquor like every other night," underscores the palpable tension and unspoken grievances simmering beneath the surface. Musically, "High Road" blends seductive, bluesy undertones with contemporary country-rock elements, creating a soundscape that's both familiar and refreshingly innovative.

The production is polished yet retains the gritty authenticity that fans have come to love from Wetzel. This track not only showcases his growth as a songwriter but also his ability to craft melodies that resonate on a deeply emotional level. In "High Road," Wetzel doesn't just sing about taking the high road; he embodies it, channeling his experiences into a song that speaks to the universal struggle of letting go and moving forward. It's a poignant reminder that sometimes, the best way to deal with toxic situations is to rise above them.

“‘High Road’ is a good example of how this album shows a different side of me than people might expect," Koe said in a press statement. "Every record’s almost turning a new leaf, always a left turn because of how honest I am,” he admits with a laugh. “But this? It’s what the people have been expecting from me, but we hadn’t gotten there yet. It’s a grown-up version of me.”

With its compelling lyrics, captivating vocal delivery, and rich sonic landscape, "High Road" is poised to be a standout track in Koe Wetzel's discography, and a testament to his continuing evolution as an artist.


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