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  • ANCHORED EP COMING THIS FALL 2011

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    Friends,

    Sitting here at my desk in Brooklyn, just having approved the audio master and am now laying out the art for my debut solo release, the Anchored EP, which will be released in a limited edition this Fall 2011. Honestly, it sounds great and I couldn’t be happier with it. I’ll have some art and audio samples up soon enough and will be posting regularly. I will say it features contributions from a slew of talented musicians, (like Julia Kent!) and a song or two featuring the great Lorraine Lelis (Aarktica/Mahogany), who I’ve sincerely missed working with.

    Tracklist:
    1. Anchored
    2. Snow Coffin
    3. Ladies In Love
    4. Submarine Bells

    More soon…j

  • JON DEROSA SOLO PRESS

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    “At first, Jon DeRosa’s Anchored EP, a quartet of gorgeously layered chamber-pop shanties, seems leagues away from the voluptuous Lovecraftian drift he perfected under his moniker Aarktica. But there are dark spaces here, too, room to brood in the sweet gravel of his voice, in Julia Kent’s penetrating cello lines, and in the quiet violence of the lyrics. With a depth that belies its brief running time, Anchored is so perfect that it literally gives you the chills.” Ed Park, Novelist

  • AARKTICA PRESS

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    “Aarktica’s songs are extended reveries, built on loops of guitars and drums and occasional voices. The musical elements hover and circle, float by or bristle with distortion as the songs drift through serenity and trouble.” – Jon Pareles, The New York Times

    “Aarktica is cold, pure, and almost inescapably tranquil.” – Pitchfork

    “Guitars, voices and electronic pulses are layered together in stately, gradually changing, mostly instrumental songs that could come from a less neurotic version of the Cure.” – The New York Times

    “I was talking to a friend about the music of Aarktica and threw out the term “drone pop” after which we both had a bit of a chuckle (simply because the terms seem like the exact opposite of one another), but in all honesty it’s one of the best explanations of the kind of musical worlds that DeRosa creates.” –Almost Cool

    “Soft, soothing sounds for baby from spacepop pinup Jon DeRosa. Amidst the Indian harmonium, Vini Reilly-esque delayed guitar, and Jon’s own cooing, there are songs – but they drift along seamlessly.” – Chickfactor

    “DeRosa combines ambient sounds with subtle pop elements to create a sound that is all his own. His music is not obvious…but is, instead, a peculiar blend of odd sounds and slightly surreal instrumental passages. Just when you think things are starting to sound somewhat normal…the music suddenly takes a turn and heads into deeper waters.” – Babysue

    “Ambient sounds and backwards vocals drift in the background like the start of a surreal dream. Then the beat picks up and moves fast under drifting guitar, while static hiss and spacious notes reverberate. Soft vocals, almost spoken, slip through the sounds and cold desert and white plains are lost in the tundra. Haunting guitars echo between walls and fall soft between scraps of sound, found and played in the spaces that are left empty and waiting. Pulled apart by strung out saxophone and pushed together by the random solidity of the drum machine.” – Marcel Feldman, The Big Takeover

    “Aarktica takes new wave ballads of despair (a la Depeche Mode’s loneliest moments) and stretches them out, accentuating both the beauty and the sadness through atmosphere and a slow pace…It’s a serene mix of minimalism, ambience and melody, spectacularly done. There’s a solitary feeling to [Aarktica] that’s both comforting and lonely, like it’s both a soundtrack to the loneliest evening ever and a prelude to eternal love.” – Erasing Clouds

    “Why isn’t Jon DeRosa’s work as Aarktica mentioned in the same breath as Stars of the Lid or Eluvium when discussing ambient/drone music? Ever since losing hearing in his right ear in 1999, DeRosa has succeeded in using the drifting guitar tones of Aarktica to conjure up the underwater experience that hearing music has become for him.” – Popmatters

  • PALE HORSE AND RIDER PRESS

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    “DeRosa’s not unlike the downcast end of Springsteen. “Jersey Coast Line” could very well be Nebraska‘s 11th track, as its stately melody and modest hints of romance and nostalgia cast it into a folk music tradition that’s always been more felt than heard.” – Rob O’Connor, CMJ Magazine

    “Opener ‘Jersey Coast Line’ could be a relocated lost blues from Palace Brothers, [Brian John] Mitchell’s ‘I Told Jesus Christ How Much I Love Her’ likewise evoking a Songs:Ohia confessional; and the early sequencing of these songs suggests DeRosa is at least conscious of his potential audience for this record. Elsewhere ‘Metropolitan Love Song’ boasts the record’s most affecting vocal and withstands comparison Mark Kozelek.” – Matt Dornan, Comes With A Smile (UK)

    “At times minimal to the point of disappearing, this is a spare exercise in frayed-at-the-seam country, spooked by banjo, harmonium and piano notes that hang in the air.” –Uncut (UK)

  • DEAD LEAVES RISING PRESS

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    “Jon De Rosa takes gothic melancholia into the folk realm on his debut, a collection of gloomy songs that grapple with concepts of faith. Graceful arpeggios and lilting chord sequences are accompanied on different tunes by an interesting array of elements: mournful electric guitar, hand percussion, drum kit, viola, harp, and keyboards. De Rosa’s bass vocals possess a theatrical quality that offers a nice contrast to his acoustic six-string, and he sustains a balance of light and dark that keeps the songs compelling.” –Acoustic Guitar Magazine

    “[Dead Leaves Rising] makes The Red House Painters sound like members of the local glee club.” – Ink 19

    “This is certainly my favorite of [DeRosa’s] solo work. His voice is perfect for the pristine guitar and soft melodies, filling these long, moving songs with a deep melancholy and beauty that is very unique.”- Jeff Marsh, Delusions of Adequacy

  • AARKTICA – I AM (THE ICE)

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  • AARKTICA – A WASH A SEA GOODBYE IT’S ME

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  • AARKTICA – ELENA

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  • AARKTICA – AM I DEMON?

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