Cross Record’s Beautiful Extremes

In Dripping Springs, a city in a Texas suburb of Austin with less than 2,000 inhabitants, is the husband-wife duo of Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski — making music under the moniker Cross Record. Their latest effort is a striking 9-song LP called “Wabi-Sabi”, featuring Cross’ breathy, smokey Hope Sandoval-type vocals; hard, stark guitar and drumming. There’s a lot of experimentation going on here too, with echo-chamber electronic effects, whistling noises like a soft sonic wind, nimble guitar picking, building nuanced moods that find themselves at beautiful extremes — from backwoods loneliness to creative clamor. You can order the album at GrapefruitRecordClub. Follow the couple at facebook and twitter. — David D. Robbins Jr.

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