Cross Record — Cross Record (Aug. 2, 2019) Pamela MÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃéndez ÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃÃâ Time (22 Feb 2019)✹    “Emily Cross on the path that led her to working as a death doula, creating unusual parameters for yourself to make new things & eschew expectations, & always being mindful of using your time in this world to focus on the things you love”. The song slips in and out of consciousness before resolving in a place of clarity.
Location: Austin, TX
Album release: August 2, 2019
Record Label: Ba Da Bing!
Duration:     41:49
01 What Is Your Wish?     2:20
02 Licorice     2:54
03 Face Smashed, Drooling     3:43 
04 PYSOL My Castle     4:13 
05 I Release You     3:50
06 The Fly     3:20 
07 Hollow Garden     2:16
08 Y/o Dragon     7:27 
09 An Angel, a Dove     3:50 
10 Sing the Song     5:34
11 I Am Painting     2:22
✹    Emily Cross, vocals, guitars
✹    Dan Duszynski on drums
✹    Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater) on guitar/vocals
✹     2015: Artists Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski make music together under the moniker Cross Record, and Dan records bands at his Dandysounds Recording Studio. The married couple organize the mini~festival, which occurs on the ranch where they live in Dripping Springs. (Like a couple of other creative geniuses, Bill Callahan and Samuel Beam; what’s in the water out there?) The couple’s house is strangely modern, built in 2001 and constructed from rammed earth — dirt and rocks compressed into a concrete like substance. The internal walls are earthy and smooth with narrow windows running the perimeter across the top just below the ceiling. The architectural vibe suggests some sort of futureranch — a perfect headquarters for Chill Phases.
Words: Ali Shutler, 27th February 2016
✹     2016: Chances are you might have crossed paths with Emily Cross. This experimental musician has been everywhere.
✹     The unsteady opening of ‘The Curtains’, the first track on Cross Record’s ‘Wabi Sabi’, is the sort of music you’d expect to find soundtracking a baby deer’s first steps. Nervous, gangly and stumbling more than once, it isn’t long before the track — and our imaginary fawn, of course — find their feet and are prancing across the Austin wilderness.
✹     That determined adventure and the necessity to take flight drive the nine tracks of ‘Wabi Sabi’ into unfamiliar territory. But it’s also the story behind Cross Record’s migration from their home of Chicago to the expanse of a Texan ranch called Moon Phase, on the outskirts of Dripping Springs.
✹     Between putting away groceries at the house where she works as a nanny, Emily admits that the record would have been “very different” if they’d stayed in Chicago. “We just have so much freedom and space to experiment, to have fun and make a lot of noise,” starts Emily Cross who, alongside her husband Dan Duszynski, makes up Cross Record. “We’ve just got a lot of room and that affected the album a lot but I don’t actually know how yet. I haven’t really evaluated it.”
✹     The freedom found throughout ‘Wabi Sabi’ is reflective of where Emily finds herself. “I just turned twenty~seven and I feel like I don’t have a great deal of distraction in my life. I’m married and I have a good rhythm with my home life. I have a lot of freedom to not worry about the things I used to worry about and focus on my creative outlets.”
✹     Recorded at home, and taking on a majority of the production themselves, ‘Wabi Sabi’ was crafted in the environment that inspired it. “I couldn’t do it any other way,” says Emily before admitting, “There were definitely weeks where we didn’t touch the album at all,” because they needed space from it. “We actually started over several songs over three or four times because they just weren’t right in my head. I would change the key and record the whole song in a different key and then a week later hate it and change it back, I could never do it in a professional studio because it would be so expensive.”
✹     Emily is on the move again though. She’s flying out to visit her father in Thailand for a few months to “start working on another record.” Another bold move to continue expanding their horizons.
✹     With Cross Record, there’s a sense of exploration about their music. They’re constantly discovering things and capturing that on record. Beyond the joy of creating, there’s not much else you want to achieve with their music. “You know that people are going to hear it but that’s not at the forefront of our minds. It’s not why we do certain things. I just liked making it and I want people to hear it. I guess what I want to achieve is that I want people to hear it, to enjoy it. I want them to feel a certain way,” she offers but doesn’t go into specifics. That’s left up to you.