Song of the Day #4,747: ‘Pheasant Feather’ – Josh Rouse feat. Jessie Baylin

Two Josh Rouse songs over the past three Random Weekends. Can’t complain about that!

Today’s track comes from Rouse’s 2015 album The Embers of Time, which he described as his “surreal expat therapy record.” These tracks find him battling depression and coming to terms with his own mortality. But while a couple of songs are on the morose side, this is mostly a life-affirming collection.

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Song of the Day #3,219: ‘New Young’ – Josh Rouse vs. Peter Gabriel

I haven’t had a difficult choice to make through the first few matchups in Round One of Montauk Madness, and that won’t change today.

Peter Gabriel faces off against Josh Rouse. An art rock pioneer against a prolific but low-profile indie singer-songwriter. While I love Gabriel’s So — a bona fide classic — and enjoy tracks from his other solo records, he hasn’t consistently impressed me the way Rouse has.

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Song of the Day #2,925: ‘You Walked Through the Door’ – Josh Rouse

josh_rouse_embers_timeHere’s one of those very rare occasions where the Random iTunes Fairy serves up two songs by the same artist on the same weekend. I can’t remember the last time this happened.

The odds of a second Josh Rouse song popping up after the first one are about 1 in a 100, given the number of Rouse songs in my library (137) vs. the total number of songs (12,425). Not exactly like winning Lotto, but certainly a long shot.

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Song of the Day #2,729: ‘Time’ – Josh Rouse

josh_rouse_embers_timeBest Songs of 2015 – #13
‘Time’ – Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse has built a nice career through unorthodox means. Not many singer-songwriters head to Spain after their most successful album to learn a new language and start recording in it.

I don’t suspect that fame is a primary concern for Rouse. He just wants to make his music and earn enough from it to live and eat. He records for his own label and sells his albums primarily through his own and affiliated websites.

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Song of the Day #2,462: ‘Crystal Falls’ – Josh Rouse

josh_rouse_embers_timeI’ve spent the past couple of weeks exploring the new Courtney Barnett album, but it’s not the only new record I’ve picked up recently. I won’t go through the others track by track, but I will give them some love the rest of this week.

I’ll start with Jose Rouse’s The Embers of Time. This is Rouse’s 11th studio album in 16 years — he’s a lot more prolific than I give him credit for.

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