Rouse was also inspired by Leonard Cohen's post-acoustic output. He explained in an interview with Forbes
: "About a year before Cohen died I read Sylvie Simmons' biography on him called I'm The Man
. I really liked it and I related to it cause I lived overseas where I fell in love with a girl from Spain and was kind of isolated over there for a long time. Coming back and forth, touring, in some ways I related to his life. So I started listening to those records he did with kind of the cheesy keyboards and stuff and I said, 'Well, this is really good.' His lyrics and delivery of the song is so well done it could sound like a great karaoke band backing you up. So on the song 'Love in the Modern Age,' I said, 'I'm gonna try one lower register,' almost a baritone register, really quiet. That was definitely influenced by listening to those records and trying to walk that line in between singing and talking."