By Miles Raymer
Updated January 14, 2015 at 06:35 PM EST

Singer-songwriter Josh Rouse’s journey has taken him from his rural Oshkosh, Nebraska home through a stint in Nashville and now to his adopted hometown of Valencia, Spain, where he wrote and recorded much of his upcoming album The Embers of Time (out April 7 on Yep Roc). He says the songs were inspired by an existential crisis—he calls it “my surreal expat therapy record”—and on the lead single “Some Days I’m Golden All Night,” he grapples with some of his faults, but it’s far from a heavy listen.

Rouse offsets the confessional lyrics with a arrangement of vibraphone, steel guitar, and gently propulsive drums that gives his bluntly honest self-assessment a remarkable buoyancy, as well as a more-than-passing resemblance to the softly rocking countrypolitan sound that came out of Nashville during the ’70s.

“Some Days I’m Golden All Night” is available instantly when you pre-order The Embers of Time on iTunes.