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DeRosa, Jon: Anchored (Silber Records)

"Anchored" is the debut solo release for Jon DeRosa (Aarktica), a work of cinematic pop in a dark troubadour style reminiscent of Lou Reed or Robert Wyatt, with rich songs belying a quiet and dark lyrical violence.

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Jon DeRosa-vocals, guitars, bass

Claudia Chopek-violin

Julia Kent-cello

Sam Lazzara-drums, vibraphone

Lorraine Lelis-backing vocals

Jon Natchez-trumpet, Peck horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, euphonium

Kendrick Straugh-pump organ

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Limited edition of 500 hand-numbered copies.

UPC: 670541286579

Label: Silber Records
Catalog ID: Silber 103
Squidco Product Code: 15158

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2011
Country: USA
Packaging: Paper foldover in a plastic sleeve
Instruments recorded by Matt Roth at Olive Juice Studio, NYC. Vocals and additional instruments recorded by Charles Newman at Serious Business, NYC and Mother West, NYC.

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"Anchored is the debut solo release for Jon DeRosa, best known as leader of the Brooklyn-based drone-pop band Aarktica. With his eponymous solo release, DeRosa's sound evolves from the frozen tundra of Aarktica to the deeply enigmatic moan of the open sea. Adding his own rich baritone voice to a landscape dominated by strings, horns and the guitar atmospherics of his previous projects, DeRosa's sonic maturation is one of noir elegance.

DeRosa's new musical incarnation is enveloping cinematic pop, a dark troubadour style reminiscent of Lou Reed or Robert Wyatt, or more directly Paul Buchanan of The Blue Nile. In tone, his new work can be compared to Spiritualized, or Echo and the Bunnymen, with the title track, "Anchored" being perhaps DeRosa's own "Ocean Rain."

Following is the deception of "Snow Coffin," a sweet lullaby of indie-pop belying a tale of murder and betrayal in the dark of winter. In his brooding ballad "Ladies in Love," DeRosa borrows from the poetry of serial killer Charles Schmid, the notorious "Pied Piper of Tucson." The album closes with a warm lull of vibes and horns in his update of The Chills'"Submarine Bells."

DeRosa is notably backed by Julia Kent on cello and Jon Natchez (Beirut/Yellow Ostrich) on horns and woodwinds. Also featured is the voice of Lorraine Lelis (ex-Mahogany,Aarktica). The album was mixed at Mother West in NYC by Charles Newman (Magnetic Fields, Soko, Gospel Music)."-Silber Media

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Track Listing:

1. Anchored 4:45

2. Snow Coffin 4:32

3. Ladies In Love 3:33

4. Submarine Bells 3:56

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Rock and Related
Song Based Music

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