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Download: Jon DeRosa, 'Snow Coffin'

Add this new song from the Brooklyn-based crooner to your winter playlist.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 12:00 AM

Jon DeRosa (Courtesy of the artist)

For nearly fifteen years, Jon DeRosa has written and recorded ambient works and sometimes shoegazey instrumental soundscapes under the name Aarktica. [Full disclosure: I contributed to one of those albums, years ago]. Now, he's shed the pseudonym and stepped up to the mic. The Danzig-loving songwriter presents like a post-punk Sinatra on his new album A Wolf In Preacher's Clothes -- a record that was self-released last year, and is now getting wider distribution. But this musical shift is not as dramatic a turn as it sounds.

On songs like "Snow Coffin," --  featuring cellist Julia Kent -- DeRosa crafts brooding arrangements under a noir storytelling sensibility. And with lyrics like "Got a knife, got a hunting blade too...Not much time before she awakes in my snow coffin tonight," DeRosa tells a chilling tale of wintry violence with a disarming sweetness.

Download "Snow Coffin" here -- and catch Jon DeRosa playing at Rockwood Music Hall on Sunday, November 4th. More information here.

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