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Pure Tone Audiometry


Jon DeRosa returns with a new album under the Aarktica guise, following a short stint focusing on his alt-country Pale Horse & Rider outfit. Pure Tone Audiometry is an impressively panoramic, yet cohesive effort from one of slo-core’s most dominating voices. Opening with the looping sadcore of “Out to Sea,” a track of dizzy, ghostly wailing, DeRosa moves from the disturbed folk song “The Mimicry All Women Use” to the gurgling wall of organic noise that is “Snowstorm Ruins Birthday”; from “Ocean,” a heartbreaking duet with Lorraine Lelis to the sweeping glory of the extended instrumental “Williamsburg Counterpoint.” DeRosa’s approach is more conventionally melodic and accessible than most of his Silber / Chairkickers slo-core fellows, but he is as uncompromising and individual as any of his peers. Pure Tone Audiometry is an album of huge, swirling beauty, the finest Aarktica release yet.

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