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After releasing the now out-of-print Morning One EP on Ochre Records in the UK, Aarktica signed to Darla Records & released Or You Could Just Go Through Your Whole Life & Be Happy Anyway, Bliss Out v.18 in 2002 & Pure Tone Audiometry in 2003. These releases would combine lo-fi electro & shoegaze with the ambient textures of modern composers like Morton Feldman & Ingram Marshall, defining Aarkticas innovative drone pop hybrid.
During the years 2003 - 2008, Aarktica transformed from a solo project into a collective. The project featured a revolving lineup of musicans, with DeRosa as the mainstay. The ensemble created drones & textures from the timbres of instruments, not soley from reverb units & delay pedals. Members included Aaron Spectre, Chris Carrico, Oliver Chapoy (Saxon Shore), James Duncan (of Le Systeme Records), Mike Pride & Seth Misterka (of Dynasty).
Aarktica's fourth full-length release Bleeding Light was released in April 2005 on Darla Records, followed by a limited split 12" with Aaron Spectre on Berlin's Moonbunny Records.
After Bleeding Light DeRosa took time off to collaborate with former Flare bandmate LD Beghtol on some songs for the new Flare album, Cut (Affairs of The Heart, 2009), as well as sing a lead role on Stephin Merrit's theatre album Showtunes (Nonesuch, 2007). Aarktica relocated to Southern California in Summer 2007 & released its fifth album Matchless Years on Darla Records in Fall 2007. In 2007 Aarktica also finished work on a film score for the indie feature film Apology.
In Summer 2008, DeRosa moved back to Brooklyn, NY. With the goal of bringing Aarktica back to its roots, he began working on the sequel to Aarktica's 2000 debut No Solace In Sleep. This album would be called In Sea & was released on Silber Records in late 2009.
In December of 2009, Aarktica released a digital-only EP on Silber Records Live at KUCI 6/15/05, capturing 5 live songs from the band's 2005 appearance at KUCI (Irvine, CA) during their West Coast tour.
Slated for release in February 2010
is the limited In Sea Remixes CD, featuring artists such
as Ramses III, Yellow6, Remora, Declining Winter, Landing, Suckers, &
Summer Cats reworking songs from In Sea.
|In Sea Remixes
CD 2010 | Silber 080
14 tracks, 72 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~135 megs))
Remixes of the entire In Sea album by Ramses III, Landing, ThisQuietArmy, Mason Jones, Keith Canisus (Rumskib), Yellow6, Declining Winter (Richard of Hood), Suckers, Remora, Summer Cats (Slumberland Records), & more.
|Live at KUCI 6/15/05
mp3 EP 2009 | Silber 083
5 tracks, 31 minutes
download zip file | Archive.org page
CD 2009 | Silber 078
12 tracks, 56 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~100 megs))
~ Ian Mathers, PopMatters
Aarktica returns to Silber for the ten year in the making sequel to No Solace in Sleep! Check out what will soon be Silber's best selling release ever & an indie ambient classic! Includes slow-drone cover of Danzig's "Am I Demon?"
CD Album 2007 | Darla
10 tracks, 46 minutes
CD Album 2005 | Darla
8 tracks, 46 minutes
CD Album 2003 | Silber 026
7 tracks, 45 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~79 megs))
: Press Release
could just go through your whole life and be happy anyway (Bliss Out v.
CD Album 2002 | Darla 121
7 tracks, 41 minutes
CD EP 2001 | Ochre 049
3 tracks, 23 minutes
CD Album 2000 | Silber 012
8 tracks, 64 minutes
$12 ($18 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~113 megs))
: Press Release