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When Petter Ericson Stakee, the principal songwriter and driving creative force behind Americana band Alberta Cross, began preparing for his Stripped Back acoustic tour, he felt like it would be a good idea to add a visual to the music. This came in the form of two different versions of “Beneath My Love”, the upcoming second single off the band’s acclaimed self-titled album (out now on Dine Alone Records). While both videos were coincidentally shot in industrial settings and used black and white or restrained palates, each video presents the song in a totally different light visually and musically.

The acoustic version was done by William MR Kaner (who filmed Jay Z and Beyonce’s “On The Run” and Beyonce’s “Lemonade”) as part of a two song acoustic session he invited Petter to do. Shot in black and white film in a bare and industrial setting, the song is stripped down to just the lyrics and simple acoustic guitar accompaniment. The power and emotion of the lyrics are the focus and the result feels very intimate. The intimate simplicity of the shoot may have been influenced by documentary filmmakers like Les Blank and DA Pennebaker, both figures that Kaner admires.

The other version is electrified and was shot in a warehouse in Red Hook, Brooklyn by still photographer Francesca Galliani making her directorial debut. Galliani took advantage of the stark and dramatic lighting, feeling like it was conducive to the mood of the music.

Reflecting on the song, Petter Ericson Stakee says, ”‘Beneath My Love’ is a bit different from the other tracks on the album with its more modern sounds and quirky string arrangements. Lyrically it has a lot of nuances and layers that made creating a video for it really interesting. You could take it in so many possible directions and I love what both Francesca and Will did with the song and how they interpreted it so differently. It’s also been a fun one to play on my Stripped Back tour I’m out on at the moment. Even though it’s a very rhythmic track with quite a bit of full band production on the record, it really seems to work very well when it’s bare to the bones with just me playing it with all my pedal effects and one man band things on this tour.”

WATCH both versions of “Beneath My Love”:


Alberta Cross are a blues and country-influenced roots rock act drawing their sound from the foundation built by the Band and Neil Young. The London group’s main members and songwriters are bassist Terry Wolfers and vocalist/guitarist Petter Eriksson Stakee, who as a child traveled with his singer/songwriter father. The full band includes John Alexander Ericson (organ) and Seb Sternberg (drums). The self-produced EP The Thief & the Heartbreaker was delivered through the prestigious U.K. label Fiction in May 2007. Wolfers and Eriksson Stakee moved to N.Y.C. after that, leading to some personnel changes. Ericson and Sternberg were out, replaced by Alec Higgins (keys), Austin Beede (drums), and Samuel Kearney (guitar). This lineup released Broken Side of Time in 2009. In 2011, in anticipation of a forthcoming full-length release, the band released The Rolling Thunder EP, featuring the title track and the song “Wait.” Songs of Patience, the group’s sophomore studio release, arrived the following year. In 2013, Alberta Cross announced that Wolfers had left the band and Stakee would continue to perform with a crew of unofficial members. The group hit the studio in 2014 to begin recording an eponymous LP, which was released in October 2015 via Dine Alone Record


From the album ‘Alberta Cross’ available October 16th, 2015. Pre-order and get this track free!

Brookyln-based Alberta Cross have also released the live video for “Ghost of Santa Fe,” off their upcoming self-titled album.

The video shows lead singer Petter Ericson Stakee and company performing the song with a riveting brass section that gives the song a rich, soulful sound throughout. This added instrumentation will be a prominent feature on the new self titled album Alberta Cross,

(“Ghost of Santa Fe”) came along and I felt it would be a good direction for this record,” Stakee said in a release. “Once that song was there, it changed things.”

“The record brings to mind elements of Neil Young and My Morning Jacket, merging rock with tinges of country, folk and blues. A giant melting pot of different influences, genres and arrangements, Stakee still keeps it personal and honest. To celebrate the release of our new record in a couple weeks, we’re giving out a FREE Noisetrade EP, titled “Shadow of Mine”. It features a few cuts from Alberta Cross, “Dicey Hollow” and a never-heard-before demo of “Isolation”!! Grab it right here..