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Charting the Music: Alberta Cross, 'Songs of Patience'

Charting the Music: Alberta Cross, 'Songs of Patience' facebook.com/albertacross
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A fusion of '90s British pop and folk rock, the newest release from Alberta Cross, "Songs of Patience," boasts cross-genre appeal.

"Songs of Patience" is an album very much rooted in the band's struggle to create a cohesive piece of work. Showcasing the songwriting talents of Petter Ericson Stakee and Terry Wolfers, the album is an eloquent and melodic outpouring of self-reflection.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #3 Americana and #7 CMJ for the week of July 17, 2012.

Record label, release date and producers: Produced by Joe Chiccarelli and Mike Daly, "Songs of Patience" was released on the ATO label on July 17, 2012.

Can be heard on: Coin-Operated Radio with Nico and Ryan, Emotional Rescue with Cat Pick, Gold Soundz with Chris Bay and Get Up Get Down with Lindsay.

Hometown: Forming in London seven years ago, Alberta Cross is currently based out of Brooklyn.

Key tracks: Much of the album has been receiving airplay; however, "Lay Down" and "Wasteland" are arguably the album's standout tracks. "Lay Down" is a melodic and somewhat introspective song speaking to the exhaustion caused by recurring obstacles and hardship. By contrast, "Wasteland" is a more uptempo track featuring a distinct and catchy British pop sound.

About the producer: Joe Chiccarelli is a Grammy award-winning producer and engineer who was behind 2007's "Icky Thump" by the White Stripes and 2009's "Consolers of the Lonely" by the Raconteurs. Mike Daly is a singer-songwriter and producer responsible for tracks such as Lana Del Ray's "Diet Mountain Dew" and Young the Giant's "12 Fingers."

About the label: ATO is a New York-based label featuring artists such as Dawes, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and Drive-By Truckers.

Core band members: Alberta Cross is Petter Ericson Stakee (vocals, guitar) and Terry Wolfers (bass guitar, vocals).

RIYL: Mission of Burma, the Cave Singers and Deer Tick.

Award or accolade: The band's music has been featured on such television shows as "Californication," "Sons of Anarchy" and "Dirty Sexy Money."

What the critics say: "The hippie-dippie stomp of 'I Believe in Everything' makes oneness with the universe seem possible, and the strangely-winning, candy-coated uplift of 'Wasteland' sounds like Oasis covering Katy Perry. The album's interchange between the probity of '90s-era London rock and the band's own unique 'Yoda on ecstasy' spiritualism make for an affecting, if not spotless, listen." -- Owen Schumacher at mxdwn.com

Previous KDHX coverage: Check out a concert review of the band's July 17, 2012 show at Off Broadway as well as an in-studio at KDHX from earlier that day.

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