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Josh Rouse and Paz Suay

She's Spanish, I'm American

(Bedroom Classics; US: 30 Jan 2007; UK: 5 Mar 2007)

She’s Spanish, I’m American stands as a breezy pop flirtation between Rouse and Suay.  Rouse has perfected the art of smooth, dreamy pop, and Suay, who joined him on his most recent Subtitulo tour, possesses breathy, occasionally coquettish vocals that float over Rouse’s smooth arrangements. Lyrically, songs like “Car Crash” (the first single, about the couple’s mutual fear of New York City cab rides) and “These Long Summer Days” are light-hearted diary entries about Rouse’s and Suay’s experiences together. Rouse hands the vocal reins over to Suay for two songs, while another set features the two sharing duet duties. Mainly recorded in Rouse’s and Suay’s apartment, there’s little about these recordings to indicate a small budget other than the occasional drum machine beat.  This five-song EP breezes right along on acoustic guitars, keyboards, electronic blips, and the occasional swell of strings. A little too breezy, perhaps, but give the kids a break; they’re young and in love.

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Andrew Gilstrap is a freelance writer living in South Carolina, where he's able to endure the few weeks each year that it's actually freezing (swearing a vow that if he ever moves, it'll be even farther south). Aging into a fine curmudgeon whose idea of heaven is 40 tree-covered acres away from the world, he increasingly wishes he were part of a pair of twins, just so he could try being the kinda evil one on for size. Musically, he's always scouring records for that one moment that makes him feel like he's never heard music before, but he long ago realized he needs to keep his copies of John Prine, Crowded House, the Replacements, Kate Bush, and Tom Waits within easy reach.


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