Ex-Alberta Cross' John Alexander Ericson Releases New Single For Free

posted July 3, 2012

Ex-Alberta Cross' John Alexander Ericson Releases New Single For Free

To celebrate the release of the new album "Berlin Lullabies," Warsaw Recordings and John Alexander Ericson are giving away the first single for free. The haunting piano ballad "Black Clockworks" can be downloaded online. This stunning track that quietly moves into both Bon Iver and Lou Reed territory, was recorded at Lowswing Studios in Berlin.

John Alexander Ericson’s remarkable compilation ´Berlin Lullabies' on Warsaw Recordings marks the culmination of a number of personal journeys, from his native Sweden via Berlin, London and back to Berlin again where he now lives and from a background in electronica, via rock with his brother’s band Alberta Cross, to a very personal blend of songwriting that draws on all these experiences.

Taking a distinctly European approach to his craft, which both recalls and updates influences such as Lou Reed, Bon Iver and David Bowie and Brian Eno's collaborations it’s appropriate that Berlin forms such a major part of the album’s artistic and personal geography.

Many of the songs were written during his stay in the Berlin (including standout tracks ‘Cyanide’ and ‘Mary Song’) and they were often penned in the early hours in various bars and cafes in the city. The cover art also pays homage in being a photograph taken at the bar Oberbaum Eck in Kreuzberg. 

"I wanted to take the best piano ballads I´ve written for solo albums and various other projects and put them out as one independent album" says Alex. "You probably won´t get up and dance to this one...but I´m very proud of this collection of songs and think it´s some of the best work I´ve ever done."

Having spent most of the late 00´s touring with Alberta Cross, playing over 100 shows in the UK including the V and Reading Festivals, Alex is now busy with his new project My Empire of Sound with Sidsel Marie on vocals and a debut EP is coming out now.

Berlin Lullabies is being released on July 10th on iTunes and all other major digital stores.