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CROSS RECORD

WABI SABI

BA DA BING!


Format: LP
Cata No: BING109
Barcode: 600197010914
Format: CD
Cata No: BING109CD
Barcode: 600197010921
In 2013, Emily Cross decamped from Chicago to the remote,
idyllic town of Dripping Springs, TX, with her husband Dan
Duszynski. They rented a ranch that covers eighteen acres, has
a chicken coop and is located next to a bird sanctuary. During
60-hour workweeks, split between restaurants, supermarkets
and nannying, she absorbed these workaday commonalities and
shaped them into her smoky, atmospheric and gripping second
album, Wabi-Sabi.
Recording together as Cross Record throughout 2014 and
into 2015 at the couple’s own Moon Phase Ranch, Wabi-Sabi
is a crystallization of Cross’s past music and her passion for art
(she studied at the Burren College of Art in Ireland). For example,
the scorpions depicted on the cover were found in her bathtub
(something she definitely had not experienced before living
in Texas) and photographed by her, and she regularly draws and
paints in a nook above the studio.
The way we interact with and adapt to different and strange
environments is a theme that permeates the album. Most recording
was done in the early and late hours of the day, with loons
cawing in the distance thanks to that bird sanctuary. The ambiance
of twilight evenings and orange dawns formed its heart and
soul. Cross’s wispy, silvery singing and minimal presentation
contrast with the dark intensity of booming drums, thick guitar
and destabilized electronics. It can be loud, stirring and unsettling,
but also quietly still and serene. Dusynski produced and
engineered the record, alongside production from one of Cross’s
close friends Theo Karon, while Austin-based musician Thor
Harris (Swans, Bill Callahan) also contributed.

Tracks:

1. The Curtains Part
2. Two Rings
3. Steady Waves
4. High Rise
5. Something Unseen Touches
a Flower to My Forehead
6. The Depths
7. Basket
8. Wasp in a Jar
9. Lemon

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