The Embers of Time

The Embers of Time

by Josh Rouse


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Boundless optimism has never been Josh Rouse's strong suit as a musician and songwriter, and when Rouse announced that his 11th album, 2015's The Embers of Time, would be "my surreal expat therapy record," inspired by a serious bout with depression and self-doubt, it was hard not to wonder just how deep into the Land of the Bummed Out Rouse was going to take us. Thankfully, while The Embers of Time clearly documents a difficult period in Rouse's life, he writes about relationships, depression, and therapy with intelligence, a dash of wit, and plenty of heart, and he sings with the rumpled gratitude of a man who has seen bad times, but also knows how much he learned from them (and that he's ended up in a better place as a result). Granted, the darkness is still there on numbers like "Pheasant Feather" and "Coat for a Pillow," but much of The Embers of Time recalls the gentle sound and feel of a singer/songwriter session of the '70s (reinforced by Rouse's vocal resemblance to Paul Simon), and these performances manage to sound honest and committed without spoiling their laid-back nature. The Embers of Time is a collection of songs full of doubt, but the recordings make it clear Rouse and his accompanists went into the studio in a stronger state of mind, and though it's a stretch to call it a happy album (from an artist who routinely pondered the dark side of his life), it's full of charm, wit, and guarded optimism as Rouse tells us a bit about his demons with an honesty that suggests some, if not all, of them are in his rear view mirror. If only therapy was this effective and entertaining for everyone.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/07/2015
Label: Yep Roc Records
UPC: 0634457241626
catalogNumber: 2416
Rank: 88337

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Rouse   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Optigan,Street Sounds,Guitar (Baritone)
Brad Jones   Piano,Electric Bass,Keyboards,Bells,Mellotron,Vibes,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer,Tack Piano
Howe Gelb   Piano
Chris Carmichael   Violin,Cello,Viola
Fats Kaplin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Marc Pisapia   Bongos,Drums,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Shaker
Jessie Baylin   Vocals
James Haggerty   Electric Bass,Guitar (Baritone)
Xema Fuertes   Dobro,Mandolin,Piano,Electric Bass,Drums,Glockenspiel,Background Vocals,Vibes,Charango,Shaker,Pump Organ,Guitar (Resonator)
Esteban Perles   Drums
Cayo Bellveser   Accordion,Electric Bass,Background Vocals,Pump Organ,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Brad Jones   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Josh Rouse   Composer,Engineer
Paco Loco   Engineer
Paz Suay   Art Direction
Xema Fuertes   Engineer
Mark Whitmore   Engineer
Elisa Sobelman   Collage

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