Josh Rouse est né au Nebraska, et a grandi sur les routes. Il atterri finalement à Nashville où il enregistre en 1998 Dressed Like Nebraska. Après la sortie de son deuxième album Home (2000) il se fait une belle réputation, notamment avec l’utilisation de sa chanson Directions par Cameron Crow dans ‘Vanilla Sky’. Josh Rouse est attiré par le son chaud des albums des 70’s et par la musique soul. Il compose ainsi son album révolutionnaire intitulé 1972 (l’année de sa naissance) et décide de se réjouir et de jouer de son image de songwriter mélancolique. Après s’être expatrié en terre ibérique, Rouse publie régulièrement de nouveaux albums tels que Subtitulo et El Turista. Sa publication la plus récente, The Embers of Time, est l’une des plus fortes, décrit comme un album surréaliste.

Inspiré par le rock et appartenant à la scène hippie-folk de Californie, aux côtés de Devendra Banhart et de Joanna Newsom, Vetiver est un groupe de folk-rock mené depuis 2004 par Andy Cabic. Vetiver propose une musique saluée pour ses qualités apaisantes et sa richesse, grâce aux albums To Find Me Gone (2006), ou encore Thing of the Past (un album de reprises sorti en 2008). Leur dernier album Up on High est sorti en novembre 2019.



You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing he eventually landed in Nashville where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998).  The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Etzel and the late Vic Chestnut. For his breakthrough album, 1972 (2003), which happens to be the year he was born, Rouse decided to cheer up a bit. While the Seventies are often identified with singer-songwriters, Rouse was primarily attracted to the warmer sound of albums back then, as well as the more communal feel of the soul music of that time.  The follow up,  Nashville (2005) continued the hot streak and expanded his audience further. After relocating to  Valencia, Spain with his wife Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit « Quiet Town ». On El Turista (2010) he even experimented with writing and singing some  songs in Spanish. In  2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for « Do You Really Want To Be In Love, » from the film ‘La Gran Familia Española.’

The Embers of Time, was one of his strongest—self-described as “my surreal, ex-pat, therapy record.”  He followed that up with Love In the Modern Age, which took its musical inspiration from the thinking man’s pop of the eighties: The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout and the Style Council. And in 2019 he tackled the Christmas album on The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse but instead of well-worn carols or classics, he wrote an entire record of original holiday themed pop songs.