“Because it is lyrically so unabashedly sentimental, I knew that the arrangement would have to be either very minimal or completely the opposite, very grand,” [DeRosa} revealed. “Of course I decided to go for broke with the latter.”
Read the full piece and stream the track at Big Takeover Magazine here.
Photo by Michael Wood.
“Jon DeRosa’s world is intrinsically linked to places unseen as his music weaves together the spiritual and the psychedelic. But while his lyrics are celestial in nature, his sound is warm, hovering in familiar terrain.”
Read the full piece and stream the Dave Sisko’s remix of “High & Lonely” here.
Photo by Michael Wood.
We are pleased to present for your viewing pleasure the official video for “High & Lonely.” Produced and directed by The Current Sea.
Brooklyn Magazine: What was it about being in New York City that made you feel so isolated?
DeRosa: I’m not necessarily sure that isolation is the right word. I just think after a certain amount of time I didn’t feel as integrated into the landscape anymore. I guess that kind of leads to a feeling of alienation and that’s where the isolation comes in. It wasn’t like a social isolation or anything like that. I just think that when you stop identifying with your surroundings, it can kind of make you feel a little alien.
Read the full interview here.
We are thrilled to announce that BLACK HALO is officially out now via Rocket Girl Records. It is the second Jon DeRosa full-length release (third if you count the Anchored EP), produced by Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields, Soko), and featuring contributions from Stephin Merritt, Carina Round, and Brad Gordon (Dan Wilson, The Weepies).
Available via Itunes, Amazon, Spotify and wherever digital downloads or CDs are sold. Or show your support and purchase direct from the artist via Bandcamp, and you will get a hand-drawn illustration by the man himself.
DeRosa will be performing on June 18th at The Troubadour in Los Angeles with a full ensemble to celebrate the release of BLACK HALO. This show will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets in advance here!
DeRosa, who’s been in bands dating back to the ’90s including Dead Leaves Rising, Aarktica and Pale Horse and Rider, released his second solo album last week/month, Black Halo. It follows 2012’s A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes. As the quote above points out, it features a collaboration with The Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, and like Merritt, DeRosa is a crooner and a balladeer. You can hear for yourself by streaming the entire album below.
Read the full article and stream the album here.
[DeRosa’s new LA environment] informed his latest record and opening cut “Fools Razor” is easily one of his best and showcases his deep croon (the guy is obviously influenced by the Brill Building greats). “The Sun is Crying” was even more dreamy while “When Daddy Took the Treehouse Down” is more loping and playful (which he co-wrote with Magnetic Fields Stephin Merritt) and the gorgeous “Dancing in a Dream” (a duet with Carina Round) is a feast for the ears. A few other sparkling gems include “Give Me One Reason,” “Coyotes’ and “High & Lonely” but honestly there’s not a bad track on here.
Read the full review here.
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From New York Music Daily:
The album’s opening, Lynchian, 60s noir pop ballad, Fool’s Razor establishes an atmosphere of anomie and defeat despite its towering, angst-fueled sweep. DeRosa’s chiming twelve-string guitar mingles with glockenspiel and piano on The Sun Is Crying, a sad waltz with a late 60s Laurel Canyon psych-pop vibe and a shout-out to Leonard Cohen. Then DeRosa and Round reach for unexpectedly blithe, surrealistic, mariachi-tinged Vegas pop with When Daddy Took the Treehouse Down.
Read the full review here.
The crest of neo-folk rootsiness and songwriterly dark dramatics kicked in a few years ago by Anna Calvi and Beirut are brought into mandolin-by-Mariachi horns focus, given dark romance by the Rat Pack-esque crooning of DeRosa. Calvi’s vampires-in-a-church-with-a-Gretch aesthetic works perfectly for the ex-La Monte Young student DeRosa, his plaintive croon resonating around Black Halo like Dean Martin in an old school Presbyterian chapel on a mountain in deepest south Wales…
Read the full review at Monolith Cocktail here.
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The opening pair of Fools Razor and The Sun Is Crying kind of sings it all – the former offers us a romantic teen-beat shangri-la that evokes scenes of open-air cinemas, wind-ravaged dustbowl towns and the obligatory convertible driving into the distance, complete with desired partner cooing into the driver’s ear, soda in one hand, gun in the other.
Read the full review at Flipside here.
Beautiful West Coast reception from LA Weekly who premiered my personal favorite track from BLACK HALO “High & Lonely.”
“The message is that this physical world is an illusion, and this life is a dream. When we die, it is like awakening from a deep sleep.”
Take a listen here.