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Staten Island native Paul Schalda makes his solo debut as Paul & the Tall Trees, an appealing new project that offers a warm mix of retro soul and jangly Americana with elements of classic psych rock. Schalda's years as touring guitarist for soul man Robert Bradley have left their mark in the dynamic arrangements and overall feel of his debut, Our Love in the Light, though the intricate horns and strings parts also nod to late-'60s pop architects like Van Dyke Parks and Harry Nilsson. There are even tones of jagged new wave in tracks like "React" and "Can't You Wait," whose urgency can be felt in Schalda's energetic, nervy delivery. As on previous releases he'd released under the Pablo banner, he is joined here by his father, Will Schalda, Sr., and brother Will, Jr. on harmonica and keys, respectively. A talented writer, singer, and arranger with nearly two decades of music under his belt, there's a feeling of Schalda's having finally put all the pieces in place here on this strong debut.