By Alberta Cross
From their forthcoming debut album, 'Broken Side of Time,' Anglo-Swedish alt-rock outfit Alberta Cross release trippy first single 'Atx.'
'Atx' lays down a solid indie-rock base of scuzzy guitars and jangling drums, laced with experimental riffs and vocals. Frontman Petter Ericson Stakee alternates between a strained holler and a whinging, semi-spoken drone. Although his vocals embrace the extremes, Stakee's voice is always soaked in a swampy distortion, which prevents it from becoming annoying. The same is true for the more experimental riffs. On their own, the squeaky, trilling guitars and springy slides would be strange enough to alienate, but the scuzzed-up indie-rock base takes the edge off, meaning that they actually bring bucket loads of quirky charm to 'Atx's alt-rock stomp.
'Atx' takes a strong alt-rock song and perfectly weaves in experimental flourishes. The song may end on the flick of a switch, jolting the listener out of their fuzzy, alt-rock head-trip but, beyond that all-too-sudden ending, there's very little to fault here.