Josh Rouse's new album, Love in the Modern Age, is out April 13 via Yep Roc. Following 2015's acoustic-based, thematically heavy Embers of Time, Rouse was ready for something different. "I wanted to explore new sounds and write with a fresh backdrop," he says and for this album Rouse pulls inspiration from lush '80s pop like The Blue Nile, Prefab Sprout, and records like Roxy Music's Avalon and Leonard Cohen's I'm Your Man.

"Salton Sea" is the album's opening salvo and sounds like a midnight desert drive to the somewhat mythic body of water that gives the song its title. "Driving from Phoenix to LA a few years back I saw a sign for the Salton Sea and to be honest I didn't know that much about it but liked the way the name rolled off the tongue," Josh tells us. "The next day I found a John Waters documentary on the lake which I really enjoyed. Culture." The song evolved a lot from Josh's original demo, which had more of a cocktail bar lounge vibe. "The first album version was deleted by accident and I had to re-record it," Rouse admits. "First time I've ever 'lost' a recording, it's a shame really because it was quite nice at one time, kind of like the Salton Sea. The third version is the one that is on the album and it ended up sounding a bit like 'A Forest' by The Cure which I covered about 20 years ago. It's all still in there waiting to resurface." We're premiering both the album version of "Salton Sea" and Josh's orginal demo and you can listen to both below.

Josh is on tour this spring and will play The Bell House on May 11 (tickets). He'll also be at SXSW later this month. All dates are listed below.

Josh Rouse - Love in the Modern Age
Salton Sea
Ordinary People, Ordinary Lives
Love in the Modern Age
Women and the Wind
Tropic Moon
I'm Your Man
Hugs and Kisses
There Was a Time

Josh Rouse - 2018 Tour Dates
MAR 15 THU - 18th Over Austin - Austin, TX (SXSW)
APR 17 TUE - Kantine am Berghain - Berlin, Germany
APR 20 FRI - N9 - Eeklo, 08, Belgium
APR 21 SAT - Petit Bain - Paris, A8, France
APR 22 SUN - Tolhuistuin - Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands
APR 24 TUE - The Lantern - Bristol, B7, United Kingdom
APR 25 WED - The Garage - London, United Kingdom
APR 26 THU - Academy 3 - Manchester, I2, United Kingdom
APR 27 FRI - Whelan's - Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
APR 28 SAT - Leaf - Liverpool, United Kingdom
APR 29 SUN - The Mash House - Edinburgh, United Kingdom
APR 30 MON - The Plug - Sheffield, United Kingdom
MAY 9 WED - Union Stage - Washington, DC
MAY 10 THU - The Colony Cafe - Woodstock, NY
MAY 11 FRI - The Bell House - Brooklyn, NY
MAY 12 SAT - Passim - Cambridge, MA
MAY 13 SUN - World Cafe Live - Philadelphia, PA
MAY 15 TUE - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON, Canada
MAY 16 WED - The Magic Bag - Ferndale, MI
MAY 17 THU - SPACE - Chicago, IL
MAY 19 SAT - The Dakota - Minneapolis, MN
MAY 20 SUN - The Back Room at Collectivo - Milwaukee, WI
MAY 24 THU - 3d and Lindsley - Nashville, TN
MAY 25 FRI - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
JUL 3 TUE - Tynemouth Surf Cafe - North Shields, United Kingdom