Dripping Springs, TX - known as “Gateway to the Hill Country” - is a remote, idyllic town with twisting roads and no underground water system. Here, one can rent a ranch that covers 18 acres, has a chicken coop and is located next to a bird sanctuary. Emily Cross did exactly that when she decamped here from Chicago two years ago with her husband, Dan Duszynski, who forms the other half of their band Cross Record. Between 60-hour work weeks at restaurants, supermarkets, and nannying, she composed an album that absorbs any workaday commonalities and shaped them into her smoky, atmospheric and gripping second album 'Wabi-Sabi'.
Recorded slowly but meticulously throughout 2014 and into 2015 at the couple’s own Moon Phase Ranch, 'Wabi-Sabi' is a crystallization of Cross’ past music (her debut album 'Be Good' was released in 2013) as well as her passion for art. The ambience of twilight evenings and orange dawns forms the heart and soul of 'Wabi-Sabi' and the album contrasts Cross’ wispy, silvery singing and minimal presentation with the dark intensity of booming drums, thick guitar and destabilised electronics. It’s a record of dynamics and intensities, with lead single ‘Steady Waves’ seeing Cross’ gentle vocal unraveling as if from a spool, before descending into a heavy-hitting rhythmic stride.
To celebrate the recent release, Cross Record will be coming to London for a free show at the Shacklewell Arms.
Formed in early 2015, Thyla are an angular guitar pop outfit based in Brighton. Hailed as a mix between the fuzz of Gross Magic and the pop smarts of Blondie, the band recently put out commanding new single 'Car Crash' and have earned their live chops playing with the likes of Braids, White and Femme.
Tickets for this show are free. To sign up, head HERE.