Jon DeRosa's songs combine a certain kind of occult mysticism and otherworldly aura, with dreamlike atmospheres and a refined orchestral sound. His ability to successfully combine such disparate elements are what makes DeRosa such a singular character and his music so strikingly original. But then again, this is the kind of thing that can happen when your past includes studying under minimalist pioneer La Monte Young, collaborating with Stephin Merritt, and touring Europe with Lydia Lunch.
While DeRosa has been making atmospheric music under the name Aarktica for over a decade, the songs included here were selected from each of DeRosa's recent solo releases, meant to provide an introduction to the vocal talents of this modern day troubadour. From the Mouth of the Wolf opens with a new song, "Dancing in a Dream," a duet with Carina Round, from DeRosa's second full-length album Black Halo, which will be released in 2015.
All songs by Jon DeRosa, Glacia Music Publishing (BMI) except "Dancing In A Dream" by Jon DeRosa & Carina Round. Produced by Charles Newman.
Jon DeRosa - vocals, guitar
Carina Round - vocals on "Dancing In A Dream"
Claudia Chopek - violin, viola
Brad Gordon - bass clarinet on "Dancing In A Dream"
Matt Basile - upright and electric bass on "Dancing In A Dream," "Signs of Life," and "Snow Coffin"
Julia Kent - cello on "Anchored"
Mike Pride - drums on "Snow Coffin"
Tom Curiano - drums on "Dancing In A Dream" and "Signs of Life"
Lorraine Lelis - vocals on "Anchored"
Sam Lazzara - drums and vibraphone on "Anchored"