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Listen To ‘Coyotes’, The Single From Jon DeRosa’s New Album ‘Black Halo’,


After moving from Brooklyn to Los Angeles, Jon DeRosa continued to work on his second album ‘Black Halo’, and the change of décor, the new landscape changed his outlook… With his tattoos and heavy beard, Jon is an interesting character, who is described as ‘Hells Angel-meets-Source Family member’. However, he also has a ‘spiritual attraction to and fascination with the solitude and openness’ of the California desert and places like Joshua Tree but a ‘penchant for 60’s pop songwriting and orchestration’.

‘Black Halo’, which will be released on May 25th, follows his 2013 ‘A Wolf In Preacher’s Clothes (Rocket Girl), and we can already listen to the single Coyotes’ and its accompanying B Side ‘High & Lonely’ on Soundcloud. DeRosa described his new album in a press release:

‘As the album began to come together, I felt as if I had figured out how to blend these dark and light elements, and structurally maintain a lot of the 1950’s and 1960’s musical influences that are such a strong part of my musical being. My hope is that there is a certain of nostalgia and comfort to these songs, amidst the darkness, the light, the atmospheres, the orchestrations.’

Good old nostalgia? Definitively! Plus DeRosa’s dark baritone immediately gave me a very strong Stephin Merritt vibe and it was definitively not a surprise to read that DeRosa had collaborated with Merritt and that his long time collaborator and producer Charles Newman had worked with the Magnetic Fields. The tune aspires to timelessness and doesn’t sound like anything which could come from a guy built like DeRosa, ‘Coyotes’ is a slow romantic desert song which grows thanks to his expansive croon, it is a tranquil western walk flirting with la vie en rose, before accelerating to a plentiful gallop. ‘High & Lonely’, loosely based on the Ambrose Bierce story ‘The Difficulty Of Crossing A Field’, is much more contained and eerie, slow and meditative, a bit disorienting like a heat stroke at high noon. According to DeRosa , the song references experiences I’ve had during meditation and visions I’ve received working in my spiritual path. The message is that this physical world is an illusion, and this life is a dream.’ And it may be too ‘out there’ for me.

To support the release of ‘Black Halo’, Jon DeRosa will be doing a select number of dates in the UK and an album release show in New York.

5/22 Rose and Crown Camden, UK

5/23 Union Chapel Islington, UK

5/25 The Marwood Brighton, UK

5/27 Rough Trade Nottingham, UK

5/28 Rough Trade West London, UK

6/3/15 St. Vitus Brooklyn, US

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