An Aquarium Drunkard reported the other day that Josh Rouse has a new EP, Bedroom Classics, Vol. 2, out on iTunes. As I'd already been planning to post a few of my favorite songs from this Nebraska singer-songwriter, the time seemed nigh.
Apparently, Mr. Rouse listened to a lot of the Smiths and the Cure in his youth, and you can certainly hear a bit of Morrissey & Marr in the chiming, rollicking "Winter in the Hamptons." Can't say that I hear much of Robert Smith in these particular tracks; "Flight Attendant," if anything, has more of a David Byrne thing going on. And the earlier "Directions" sounds like one of Matthew Ryan's better efforts.
Solid stuff, through and through.
[MP3] [left-click] "Winter in the Hamptons" [from the LP Nashville, 2005]
[MP3] [left-click] "Flight Attendant" [from the LP 1972, 2003]
[MP3] [left-click] "Directions" [from the LP Home, 2000]