Cross Record – Lemon


Our favourite Texas-based husband-and-wife duo Cross Record came out with one of the best albums we’ve heard since 2016 started. “Wabi-Sabi” is minimalist post-rock, an eerie record that manages to pack a punch in a tiny sonic space. New single “Lemon” is no exception.

A loop that sounds like a 96kbps mp3 of an old lo-fi song opened on a faulty media player and Emily Cross’ vocals layered to form the world’s most deadpan choir: that’s all there is to “Lemon”. Admittedly, it’s not much. And yet, it doesn’t need anything more. It’s music to get hypnotized to, dry to the bone. It’s quiet but in a strange way, like a moment of absolute calm after something creepy has happened.

The video for the song was directed by Andrew McGlennon, who was behind the nighttime cave story of “Basket”. Just like the song, there’s not much going on. Just like the song, that’s exactly why you can’t keep your eyes off it. Shot in the Russian neighborhood of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn, it features a small but charming sample of senior citizens—a blue-eyed man telling something horrible but probably amusing and adorable ladies walking down the street in winter clothes who probably didn’t want to be filmed. If it sounds weird, it’s because it is. But you’re going to love it.

“Wabi-Sabi” has been out for months, so get your copy! In the meanwhile, revisit older singles High Rise and Steady Waves.

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