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Petter Ericson Stakee and Jamie Biden have been friends for years, despite their disparate backgrounds. The former is known as the lead singer of Alberta Cross, while the later DJs around New York City and the Hamptons. One’s from Sweden, the other’s the nephew of the Vice President of the United States. They’d long desired to work together, and the opportunity finally arose when a friend asked them to score a film he was working on. Though the movie was never finished, Stakee and Biden decided to keep going with their work and ended up forming Dicey Hollow.
Now, the duo is set to release their self-titled debut EP on July 24th via Dine Alone Records. The effort sounds little like Alberta Cross’ indie rock or Biden’s party spinning. Instead, the artists have slowed down their respective styles and delivered six tracks of steel pedal-heavy alt country/indie folk tunes.
Such is the case with their latest single, “Silver and Sand”. The song comes in gently on synths the belie the acoustic finger plucking that takes over after 20 seconds. From there, it builds on slow-but-heavy piano notes and a heap of Americana string work. Taking lead vocals, Stakee sings gently about life’s constant contradictions, saying, “Woah man, woah man/ It ain’t easy to understand/ But sometimes it’s just like silver and sand.”
“‘Silver and Sand’ came out of a jam we had in Mt. Tremper in upstate New York, where we wrote most of the record,” Stakee tells Consequence of Sound. “It sums up the vibe of this EP. We had a grand time recording it with our extended musician family here in Brooklyn.” Check it out below:
Dicey Hollow Tracklist:
01. Silver and Sand
02. Rose of Main
03. Howl at the Moon
04. North Texas
05. Oh, Lonely Muse