Photo by Madeline Harvey
Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski spend a lot of time improvising and playing with sound at their Dripping Springs studio and ranch. The two musicians come from pretty different backgrounds–Cross studied visual art in Chicago, while Duszynski spent years as a sound engineer–but they perfectly converge as Cross Record. The music can be ethereal one moment before exploding the next, almost like a sonic approximation of a Texas rainstorm.
It’s fitting they named their upcoming record Wabi-Sabi, out January 29 via Ba Da Bing Records. Wabi-sabi is a Japanese aesthetic that’s built around the acceptance of imperfection, and throughout the album, Cross Record use accidents and found sounds alongside rough-edged guitars and drums. “High Rise” nods back to the power of Nirvana and Pixies, but Emily Cross’s haunting voice brings out fragile new shades. Listen to the song below and catch Cross Record at the Mohawk on Tuesday, December 15. Doors at 8 p.m.