Album Premiere: Alberta Cross, 'Songs of Patience'

'It's my proudest work yet,' says singer Petter Ericson Stakee

Alberta Cross
Brantley Gutierrez
July 9, 2012 8:00 AM ET

Click to listen to Alberta Cross' album 'Songs of Patience'

Alberta Cross channels their rock roots on their new album, Songs of Patience, which will be released on July 17th. This will be the Brooklyn-via-Sweden and London-based duo's first full-length album in three years, and it reflects the evolution of their folk-rock sound.  

From "Magnolia," an acoustic, Band of Horses-esque feel-good track that opens the album, to the gritty rumble that frames "Crate of Gold" and the wistful ballad "Bonfire," Songs of Patience is a trip though singer-songwriter-guitarist Petter Ericson Stakee's psyche, each note divulging more of his unique perception of the world around him.

A lot of the soul-searching that appears on the album may stem from the band's frequent relocation during the songwriting and recording process. Stakee and bassist Terry Wolfers started out in the extreme seclusion of an old house near Woodstock, took a trip cross-country to continue recording in L.A. and, after a brief visit to Stakee's hometown in Sweden, finally settled down in Brooklyn to finish the record. Stakee believes the twisted path he took to arrive at the finished product is its most defining feature.

"Everything we have been through is present in our record, and it's my proudest work yet," he says. "For the first time ever, I wanted to print my lyrics, because it's important that people form an idea of what each song is about . . . Although the songs are serious, the whole album feels more colorful than ever."

Alberta Cross is currently on tour with Everest in support of their album's upcoming release and will continue throughout the summer, concluding in New York. 

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