April 13, 2024

Shoegaze act Aarktica gets 2001 ‘Morning One’ album re-released in a remastered and expanded edition in September

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(Photo by Jon DeRosa) Projekt Records has announced the September 15 release of the remastered and expanded edition of Aarktica’s “Morning One” album, which was originally released in 2001. For the first time, the album will be available digitally. “Morning One” was released shortly after Aarktica’s debut “No Solace in Sleep” (2000) and marks a transition from pure guitar ambient to the atmospheric drone pop hybrid sound that has since become the project’s trademark.

In addition to the original 2001 release, Aarktica (aka Jon DeRosa) has added three previously unreleased tracks. Included among these is a 2002 remix by Aaron Spectre (also known as electronic artist Drumcorps), who offers a downtempo version with danceable beats.

“In many ways, ‘Morning One’ is the ‘missing link’ in the catalogue,” says DeRosa. “This album is an important release for me; it represents a transitional phase, from a time when I was really feeling out what I wanted Aarktica to become. I was influenced by bands like Flying Saucer Attack, Slowdive, and Mogwai. Simultaneously, I was a composition student studying Indian classical music with La Monte Young, becoming increasingly interested in creating ambient textures in a compositional way. I was listening to composers like Ingram Marshall, and I was in awe of his ability to bridge the ambient/electronic world with that of modern classical music. In much the same way, I was listening to bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor, who were achieving very much the same effect, but in reverse.”

Jon DeRosa is an American musician and singer-songwriter. He has been involved with several acts, including Dead Leaves Rising, Pale Horse and Rider, as well as his solo project known as Aarktica.

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Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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