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“What is your wish? What do you expect?” Cross Record’s self-titled third album begins with Emily Cross’s disembodied voice intoning from an otherworldly vacuum. In the three years since her last album, Cross has divorced, quit drinking, become a death doula, started the observational podcast “What I’m Looking At,” and toured with Sub Pop’s Loma, the trio she formed with Dan Duszynski on drums and Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater) on guitar /vocals. On Cross Record, she guides the listener like a sonic Virgil, delivering a textured soundscape of meditative curiosity, akin to Low’s Double Negative, Broadcast’s The Noise Made By People and Radiohead’s Kid A.

Having recorded 2016’s Wabi Sabi at home between work and sleep hours, Cross did the opposite for Cross Record, writing the album while living on a secluded part of Mexico’s coast. The collaborative atmosphere of Loma challenged Cross to experiment with her sound, detuning her voice and obstructing its clarity in specific moments. As such, Cross Record is primarily a showcase for Cross’s vocal style, as she pushes her range and engages with a multitude of approaches at every turn.

Cross Record, aka Emily Cross, releases her new single The Fly today off her self-titled album (out August 2nd) and we hope you’re as excited as we are! The Fly serves as the successor for Cross’ previous single, PSYOL My Castle. Both songs foreshadow the “voyage through the psyche” that the album is bound to take its listeners on,

With the release of The Fly comes the announcement of Cross Record’s North American Tour, as well as a series of Living Funerals that Emily will perform herself.

Cross Record, out August 2nd on Ba Da Bing! Records.


Loma is the new Texas based project between Shearwater vocalist Jonathan Meiburg, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record. The three will make their mark with their self-titled debut album on February 16th 2018 via Sub Pop Records.

After their earlier debut single ‘Black Willow’, they now close off the year with another track from the album. If you ever wondered (though probably unlikely!) what a krautrock track might sound like accompanied by frogs and cicadas, then Loma come up with the answer on ‘Relay Runner’.

“‘Relay Runner’ was the happiest accident on the record,” says Meiburg. “We discovered it when we wired up a tremolo pedal the wrong way, and got this funny, stuttering loop – and then we built a whole song around that sound. The last thing we did in the mix was erase the loop, which had gone from inspiring the song to ruining it! But it made sense that what was left underneath was a song about how to escape from a sealed room”.

The project was contrived when the two bands went on tour together; the members of Loma convening at a house in Texas, creating their debut record while Emily and Dan’s marriage fell apart around them. Jonathan became the middle ground in an atmosphere he describes as, “both challenging and inspiring”. The isolated house where the band worked became, “the album’s muse”, and a fascinating record was born.

Musically, it is a record produced with great freedom, with the exception of Emily’s omnipresent vocal there were no particular roles on the album, the trio playing instruments as inspiration hit them, forming a record built from buried energy resonating from the players. Two brilliant singles, Black Willow and Relay Runner, have so far emerged from the self-titled release, enough evidence to suggest its release in February promises to be one of the most fascinating and exciting musical moments of 2018.

Loma, comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop.

Loma, comprised of Jonathan Meiburg, best known as the singer of Shearwater, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record, will release their self-titled debut album on February 16th via Sub Pop Records.


Cross Record is Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski. While studying fine arts in Ireland through The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cross discovered her love for songwriting and recording. Upon her return to Chicago, she began to perform– experimenting with various musicians around the city . She met her husband, local recording engineer Dan Duszynski, and forged the creative partnership that is now Cross Record. They now currently reside and record in Dripping Springs, TX.

An old song recorded for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert,

Husband and wife combinations can sometimes sound clichéd and schmaltzy, all winsome sing-song and cooing back and forth. Cross Record are rather different. In 2013, Emily Cross decamped from Chicago to the remote, idyllic town of Dripping Springs, Texas, with her husband, Dan Duszynski. Living on Moon Phase ranch with a bird sanctuary in tow was something of a different experience to city life –  the scorpions on the cover of this album are a snap Cross took of the creatures in her bath. Over two years Cross has produced a potent, atmospheric and bewitching record which perfectly captures the fiery dawns and smoky evenings of their new abode.

Wabi Sabi is set in vast spaces but communicated in an intimate way, and thus feels simultaneously unsettling yet strangely comforting. Just 9 tracks long, it is intense and passionate, disparate elements in the individual tracks making up for a lack of quantity elsewhere.

Lead single “Steady Waves” builds from acoustic flickers to a foreboding howl of a climax, powerful and gripping in its cinematic sweeps, whereas “Basket” swims in an eerie smoulder. The video to “High Rise” is as disconcerting as its sonics, minimalist electro shifting into thick guitar, and moments of hopelessness shuddering into violent explosions. On “The Depths”, muffled whispers merge into thunderous potency in a reflection of the instability of human experience and its messy dissonance. “Something Unseen Touches A Flower To My Forehead” is the sweetest track on the record, almost pop like in its immediacy.


Throughout Wabi Sabi there are birds cawing in the distance, marimba and kalimba flickering, and a ladies choir offering vocals, adding to the feeling of being absorbed in the expansive vista. Destabilised static and soft pulsations blur with the sound of nature and those dusty, warm spaces.


The recording process of Wabi Sabi was slow but meticulous, and Cross working 60 hour weeks in restaurants, cleaning and other roles which allowed her the head space to create and compose. Collaborating with a variety of other artists, it’s been carefully sculpted, samples and recordings being produced, ripped apart, and changed again. What this means is that the album is exploratory and intoxicating in its slow perusal of deep emotions, stirring and resonant in its weirdness – and completely beguiling.

Wabi Sabi was released: 29th January 2016, Ba Da Bing Records


Austin Texas is a Southern metropolis for new music, but you don’t have to drive far outside the city limits to find miles of eerie Texas desert. That’s where Cross Record’s ranch is situated, where their stunning album Wabi-Sabi was conceptualized and brought to life. The album reflects its environment, its sun-charred drones and thunderous storms of noise animated by Emily Cross’ restless whisper. Chicago post-rock is in the mix too, nodding to the band’s pre-Austin history, but those sounds have been transported to a foreign realm and converted into something utterly haunting and unique the guitar burst in this song is awesome.


“Steady Waves” off Cross Record’s Wabi-Sabi, which came out January 29th, 2016 on Ba Da Bing Records.

Cross Records’ presence in our tips for the year ahead is totally on the one song I’ve heard, but Wabi-Sabi is a record so good it’s hard to think to think of the year ahead without recommending it highly.

This is the bands second album, Wabi-Sabi is a confident musical stride-forward; an album of textures and shifting-sonic boundaries, lurching from brittle and minimal to thundering and epic. Emily’s hauntingly beautiful vocal pins the whole record together, a fractured murmur with shades of Jessica Pratt or Angel Olsen, it draws the listener close to the speaker, and allows you to become engulfed in the sometimes chaotic and discordant music that swirls around it. A record of perfect, beautiful contrasts, if there are many albums released as good as Wabi-Sabi it’s going to be a magical year of music.