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Golly gosh, Jon DeRosa has been around a bit whether by making ambient/drone as Aarktika or doing his country thing as Pale Horse and Rider. It amazes me how artists can swap genres like this. Now having exhausted the possibilities of drone he has reinvented himself as a crooner influenced by 1960s-style orchestral pop (actually this is his second album under his own name).
Opener ‘Birds of Brooklyn’ is an impressive tour de force and makes you wonder what he’s been doing faffing around with ambience when he can come up with something like this. One part Tindersticks, one part Morrissey, one part The Last Shadow Puppets, it’s an excellent slice of literate pop. ‘True Men’ is Richard Hawley, simple as. It has a ‘50s style swing to it, on top of which sits DeRosa’s golden croon.The production by Magnetic Fields affiliate Charles Newman is perfect, never too middle of the road a la some of Hawley’s stuff whilst maintaining a widescreen pop approach that makes tracks like ‘Snow Coffin’ sound like the most magnificent melancholy bits of Death Cab For Cutie later efforts. Some really lovely songs including a majestic cover of ‘Easter Parade’ by the unsurpassable Blue Nile. The material is generally very strong but is really enhanced by his voice, it’s magnificent. Fans of Richard Hawley, Scott Walker and even Echo & the Bunnymen MUST listen to this album.
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