Josh Rouse | Subtitulo (Nettwerk)

Rouse moved to Subtitulo (a small town on the Mediterranean coast) when he decided that he was ready for a change. The listener can feel the Spanish influences on this album; brightly colored lights, exotic skirts, and whitewashed casitas are all present in his lyrics and simple instrumentals.

Subtitulo marks Josh Rouse’s sixth full-length album, a piece of Spanish paradise with easygoing guitar chords and blissful lyrics. Rouse, a Nebraska native, moved to Nashville and recorded Dressed Up Like Nebraska (Slow River) in 1998. He began to tour with artists such as David Gray and Aimee Mann, and he released more and more albums, each one more contemplative than the last. Subtitulo formally begins the newest chapter of his life in Spain. Rouse moved to Subtitulo (a small town on the Mediterranean coast) when he decided that he was ready for a change. The listener can feel the Spanish influences on this album; brightly colored lights, exotic skirts, and whitewashed casitas are all present in his lyrics and simple instrumentals.

This ten-track album has an overlying sense of summer that is jam-packed with feelings of bliss, lust, honesty, and love. “Quiet Town,” the first track of the album, emulates the idea that even though Rouse cherishes city life, he would rather lay low and stay in a small, simple town. “Summertime” recalls old feelings of peace and happiness, the blissful ideas of summers past: “Here comes the summertime, the feeling in the air/I remember cigarettes, tube socks, sun burns/and long blonde hair.” This album has many rare gems with genuine and heartfelt lyrics, but perhaps the brightest of them all is “Wonderful.” Rouse has a gorgeous way of describing the overwhelming emotion he has for his lover at the most random time of day: “It is morning love, you have found me/reading the paper with my coffee/and before you must go/there is one thing you must know/I think you’re wonderful, don’t change.”

Subtitulo was recorded at the Paco Loco Studies in Puerto de Santa Maria in Altea, Spain in August of last year. Trying to follow a simpler lifestyle, the studio team was significantly smaller that any past studio team of Rouse’s. In the artist’s words, the record is more of a “nylon-string guitar and voice album.”

The foreign influence inspired Rouse to write this album within the first week that he had arrived in Spain. His lyrics are honest, heartfelt, and lovely, with intricacies if pure innocence and slight passion that have trickled in. This album makes for a perfect afternoon of sitting on the front porch in the summertime, drinking a cool glass of lemonade.


Purchase downloads for this artist at our BurnLounge

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply