INTERVIEW + NEW MUSIC: Cross Record
Cross Record’s Emily Cross decamped from Chicago two years ago to Drippings Springs, TX, where she now lives on an 18 acre ranch with a chicken coop, located next to a bird sanctuary. Interacting and adapting to new environments is a theme that permeates her smoky, atmospheric sophomore album, Wabi-Sabi. It’s a record that can be unsettling and loud with a dark intensity of booming drums, thick guitar and destabilized electronics, but also more contemplative and serene emphasizing Cross’ wispy, silvery singing and minimal presentation.
I had the chance to chat with Emily Cross in advance of her show at the Vera Project this coming Wednesday, May, 11th.
the mixtape: What are you doing right now besides answering this question?
Cross Record: Currently I’m riding in our RV on the way to Lawrence, KS..listening to the radio with 2 dogs at my feet. I just heard that there is a big storm system coming up through where we are traveling, potentially spawning powerful tornadoes. I happen to be borderline phobic when it comes to tornadoes, so…not feeling great right now.
tm: I absolutely love your song “Lemon”. Tell me about your decision to include that wave of drone (synth?) sound flowing beneath the song. It helps add a sense of eeriness to the track. Was it an afterthought or an immediate choice?
CR: If I remember correctly, I started with the keyboard sound. It’s a vocal sample, actually.
tm: Who is the main subject of your video for “Lemon”? What was the conversation that was taking place between the man on screen and someone who is off camera?
CR: I don’t know who that is. The video was made without my knowledge and later showed to me…so I know just about as much as you do!
tm: What are you most excited about with the release of your new album, Wabi-Sabi?
CR: Pretty typical answer, but..
I’m just enjoying traveling and playing the songs for people…experiencing people’s reactions.
tm: What have you learned to stop doing so as to not hinder your growth or your optimism for the future re: Cross Record?
CR: I haven’t learned to stop doing anything yet.
I keep telling myself I need to be more positive after shows I don’t feel great about (which is almost every show), but that’s a difficult thing to overcome for me, personally.
tm: The album cover for Wabi-Sabi features two scorpions facing each other. What is the story behind this photo? Also, are you a fan of the band, Scorpions?
CR: We found those scorpions like that in our bathtub one afternoon.
I snapped a photo and..that’s the story!
I’m sad to say that I’m not too familiar with the band Scorpions..but I like the name.
tm: If Cross Record was an action figure, what accessories would you have?
CR: A flashlight and 2 dogs.