Aarktica’s debut release No Solace In Sleep (Silber Records, 2000) was described by George Parsons of Dream Magazine as “…songlike as a sedated Durutti Column, or as ectoplasmic as Flying Saucer Attack sleepwalking through Windy & Carl’s home movies of their trip to Iceland.” In the difficult years following his hearing loss DeRosa began studying Indian classical vocal music with La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela. His studies with them (and later, Michael Harrison) would be particularly influential to DeRosa and affect all of his musical output from that time forward. Around the time of Aarktica’s 2003 release Pure Tone Audiometry, Jon Pareles of the New York Times wrote, “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.” Throughout the 2000’s, DeRosa continued performing and releasing music as Aarktica, in addition to playing guitar with New York City chamber pop ensemble Flare. DeRosa also briefly recorded under the name Pale Horse and Rider, releasing two albums of urban country songs during this time.
Rob O’Connor at CMJ remarked “DeRosa’s not unlike the downcast end of Springsteen. ‘Jersey Coast Line’ (from 2002’s These Are The New Good Times) could very well be Nebraska‘s 11th track.” In 2006, DeRosa lent his voice to Stephin Merritt’s opera “The Peach Blossom Fan”, as the role of Hou Fang Yu. Some of his contributions were first featured on Merritt’s Showtunes album (Nonesuch, 2006). “The Peach Blossom Fan” became available in its entirety in 2008 (Nonesuch). DeRosa continues to record as Aarktica, his most recent releases being 2009/10’s In Sea and In Sea Remixes. In September, 2011, DeRosa released the Anchored EP, the first official "solo" release for DeRosa.
While his work as Aarktica was largely lyric-less and guitar-based, DeRosa’s solo sound features his rich baritone atop lush, cinematic, noir-influenced chamber-pop arrangements. DeRosa is supported by an accomplished group of musicians including cellist Julia Kent and multi-instrumentalist Jon Natchez (Beirut/Yellow Ostrich). The album was mixed by Charles Newman, best known for his work with The Magnetic Fields. It features a cover of “Submarine Bells” by The Chills. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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