Josh Rouse is trying to convince himself that his 2006 relocation to Spain didn’t completely alienate his American fan base. It hasn’t, really. But he can’t deny that life overseas has done a number on him. A failed first marriage prompted Rouse’s move from Nashville to Spain, where a relationship with artist Paz Suay has led to a blissful family life in the country’s third largest city. Rouse returned to the U.S. briefly, living in Brooklyn with his wife and embarking an admittedly underwhelming tour behind 2007’s Country Mouse City House. Then Suay became pregnant with their first child, and access to the in-laws and the prospect of a more stable life lured them back to Spain. Rouse is now the father of two young boys, and his frequent This Is 40-style befuddlement laid the thematic groundwork for The Happiness Waltz (Yep Roc). His ninth proper solo album is an overdue return to the tastefully swinging and sophisticated folk/pop that elevated 1972 and Nashville, both recorded not long before his Spanish immersion. Rouse will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our brand new feature on him.
Rouse: I’ve been spending day and night working on the soundtrack to the latest movie from Daniel Sánchez Arévalo. He’s a Spanish director, and his fourth film is called La Gran Familia Espanola (which translates to The Big Spanish Family). It’s a drama/comedy with some great twists. It comes out in September in Europe. Daniel was kind enough to use my song “Quiet Town” in the opening sequence of his previous film, Primos, and from there we struck up a friendship and correspondence. I’ve always wanted a chance to score a film, as I often sit with my guitar and come up with song ideas while watching films, so it’s sorta a natural extension of that in some ways for me. I always loved the work that Paul Simon did for The Graduate and, more recently, the soundtrack that Badly Drawn Boy did for About A Boy. This experience has been rewarding on so many levels, and I hope it leads to more opportunities to do other films in the future.
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