…and not all artists are musicians. Every musician is an artist, but not necessarily at the same level. The ones that target the charts as a goal in their career, or dumb beer drinking rockers have a way less “artistic” direction compared to the ones who have embedded their artistic approach in their music (and sometimes vice versa).

Cross Record is clearly a band that has a greater percentage of artistry than most musicians. Singer and guitarist Emily Cross and loved one multi-instrumentist Dan Duszynski have joined forces and thoughts in 2010 when they formed Cross Record and released their first album, “etc.”. “Wabi-Sabi” is their 6th opus. This is what we call “art-rock” at its best. It’s the type of music that seems broken at some points, that seems to go away from melodies, that seems to have incomprehensible lyrics (that is called poetry, by the way).


Cross’s beautiful voice reigns all through the album. On epic moments like Sometimes Unseen Touches a Flower to my Forehead, it’s intoxicant while on The Depths, it’s is magical. Cross’s guitar and Duszynski’s keyboards effects create a mysterious canvas on which she can surf and create beautiful moments. Guitars are played with great attention, making every note count (Wasp in a Jar). Is it always catchy? No. Is it always interesting? Always!

Cross Record also make very interesting and intriguing art videos, in which they experiment, again, proposing new interpretations of their music. Emily Cross graduated with a BFA from the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago in 2011. She also does visual arts.

An excellent album from duo, now installed in Austin, Texas. It will probably end up in my top selection of the present year.

cross record wabi sabi

(Ba Da Bing Records, 2016)

-Genre: art-rock
-Sounds like Thus Owls, Pit Er Pat, PJ Harvey

Buy the album on the band’s BandCamp page
Concert listings of the band are on their site
Follow the band on Facebook
Videos of the band are on their YouTube channel

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.