“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.
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.
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.
BlackBook Magazine premieres the first single off of BLACK HALO, “Coyotes.”
“The first single off of Black Halo reminds us of how masterfully DeRosa can take unexpected and beautiful melodic turns with his earthy, baritone voice.”
Take a listen here.
I am so very pleased to announce that my new album Black Halo will be released on Rocket Girl Records (UK) on May 25th, 2015. Those familiar with my previous albums will certainly recognize the musical influences of the 1950’s and 1960’s, though this time I was able to really integrate a lot of the atmospheres that defined my work as Aarktica over the last decade as well.
Definitely worthy of special mention, Black Halo features a song I co-wrote with one of my personal musical idols/influences Stephin Merritt (The Magnetic Fields) in the shape of “When Daddy Took The Treehouse Down.” And of further special mention, the album features the vocal talents of one of my favorite female vocalists around, the exquisite Carina Round, who also co-wrote and is featured on “Dancing In A Dream.” The album was produced by Charles Newman (The Magnetic Fields, Soko).
Watch the album trailer here.
BLACK HALO track listing:
1. Fool’s Razor
2. The Sun Is Crying
3. When Daddy Took The Treehouse Down
5. Give Me One Reason
6. Dancing In A Dream
7. Lonely Sleep
8. Blood Moon
9. Knock Once
10. You’re Still Haunting Me
11. High and Lonely
12. Black Halo
Jon is currently in the studio recording his 2nd full-length solo album with longtime producer Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields). More details to follow as things develop, but expect new sounds before the end of 2014!
Jon’s first full-length album A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes is still available on vinyl in limited quantities directly from Mother West and on CD through Rocket Girl and wherever CDs and digital downloads are sold.
Below are a few photos from a recent performance at Sanctuary in Santa Monica, CA, where Jon was accompanied but the great Butch Norton on drums. Portrait by Julia Henry. Live shots by Jackie Jacqueline.
Check out an excerpt HERE from his recent performance and interview in Hamburg at this years Reeperbahn Festival.
Via The Believer:
Though Signs of Life channels the yearning of Roy Orbison and moodiness of Scott Walker (also interviewed in this month’s Believer), hints of Danzig’s dark specter can also be heard in DeRosa’s somber baritone.
Link to article and download here.
Big Sexy Noise & Jon DeRosa European Tour Dates 2013
September 18 NO-Oslo, Mir *JUST ADDED!*
September 19 DK-Copenhagen, KB18
September 20 DK-Aalborg, 1000 Fryd
September 21 DK -Esbjerg, Konfus
September 22 DE-Hamburg, Hafenklang
September 23 DE-Köln, Sonic Ballroom
September 24 DE-Duisburg, Steinbruch
September 25 DE-Erfurt, Museumskeller
September 26 DE-Berlin, Wild At Heart
September 27 DE-Hamburg, Reeperbahn Festival @ Hasenschaukel
From the Reeperbahn site: “Jon DeRosa turns out to be a brilliant crooner, while cello and horns make for a big portion of pathos.” Read the full details here.
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A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes limited edition vinyl still available: Mother West Records
CD available on Rocket Girl Records via Darla Records in the US / Rough Trade in the UK
For updates and performance schedule: Jon DeRosa on Facebook and Twitter.
The official video for “True Men” off of A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes, filmed at the historic Strand Theatre in Lakewood, NJ with additional footage from Asbury Park Boardwalk, NJ.