Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg grew up listening to his parent’s classical music and white bread pop. Then he heard Vic Chesnutt. In this episode of “This Song” you can hear how Chesnutt’s “Big Huge Valley” helped him realize there was a whole world of music bubbling beneath the mainstream. Plus, he makes the case that Nina Simone is the “best popular musician of the 20th century, and maybe the 21st century too.”
Then Emily Cross of the KUTX Artist of the Month Cross Record describes the effect Imogen Heap’s“Hide and Seek” had on her while her partner, Dan Duszynski, explains how King Tubby expanded his ideas of what music could be.
Listen to the songs featured in Episode 28 of “This Song”.
Our Artist of the Month Cross Record’s second album, Wabi Sabi, is named after the Japanese aesthetic which celebrates the beauty in things that are imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. The album is the first recorded by songwriter Emily Cross and her husband Dan Duszynski since they relocated from Chicago to Dripping springs–and the change of scenery can be heard throughout the album. Wabi Sabi is a sparse and hypnotizing record which could have only been imagined outside of the crowded city. Emily Cross’ ethereal vocals and dreamy songwriting bring to mind the ambient dream pop of Grouper, with the fuzzy production style of Phil Elverum projects, Mount Eerie and the Microphones.
Listen to their Studio 1A session here, and you can also listen to their guest DJ set at 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 13th.