Cross Record

Cross Record is the imagination of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski who are based in the wonderfully-named Dripping Springs, Texas. “Steady Waves” is a track from Cross Record’s remarkable new album “Wabi-Sabi” out on Ba Da Bing! Records.

“Steady Waves” is reminiscent of some of the affecting songs of place and being on Mt Eerie’s fantastic “Clear Moon” album, drawing you in to something intimate and magical before confounding with an unexpected payload of a noisy guitar riff.

This approach on “Steady Waves” sets out the Cross Record stall with all the attractions on offer throughout this magical album. You’ll find evocative, unconventional music, Emily’s distracted yet intimate voice drawing you in, then the catharsis/ release of unexpected noise and unconventional/ experimental textures that place this music at some unlikely cross roads between post-rock, dream-pop, experimental sound installation and neo-folk.

If you need convincing about that description check the other song streaming on Cross Records bandcamp, “High Rise”, which combines delicate vocals with thunderous drums and a Joey Santiago-like squalling guitar line.

The rest of the album is just as hard to pigeonhole or categorise but also just as thrilling and satisfying as these two tracks. As well as the aforementioned reminders of Mt Eerie, you may find songs evoking the spirit of Broadcast or even This Heat.

“Wabi-Sabi” is an entrancing album and it is worth investing time in listening to it repeatedly: it reveals it’s truth in layers.