Sound & Vision with Cross Record

Since the release of her 2016 album, Wabi-Sabi, Emily Cross has been on the road promoting the 2018 album she put out as part of the Sub Pop signed trio, Loma. She’s also managed to find time to seclude herself on the Mexican coast – where she wrote the majority of her upcoming third LP under the Cross Record moniker.

Lead single, PYSOL My Castle, sees a marked change from the works on Wabi-Sabi – for a start it’s much less overtly ‘experimental’ in feel, and certainly has more of a pop sensibility. To our ears, it’s definitely one of our favourite singles released this year.

In preparation for the release of the self-titled LP, which is coming out on Ba Da Bing Records on 2nd August, we caught up with Emily to find out what’s been providing her inspirations. Here are her Sound & Vision picks:

Three albums that I love:

1. Rosalîa – El Mal Querer
Rosalia’s voice is what’s so immediately arresting on this record, but I’m also so into the production and variety it displays. It’s something to dance to, something to dissect, and something to deeply appreciate all at once.

2. Steve Reich – Music for 18 Musicians

One of my favorite records for at least ten years at this point. I love it for how it hypnotises and draws me in- it actually makes me feel good physically.

3. Hiroshi Yoshimura – Green

This record brings me peace and happiness and offers me space.

My favourite film:

The Fly

The idea of slowly morphing into a different creature is fascinating to me, and I love that a fly was chosen. The makeup, the behind-the-scenes magic and sets they created for the film are incredible.

My favourite book:

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

This is a totally absorbing novel- it brings me to an old world: recognisable, but so different from the one I live in. I really relate to the relationships described.

A Song that’s really important to me:

Bonnie Raitt – I Can’t Make You Love Me

I’ve heard this song since I was a child- it’s one of those songs that gets stuck in my head for months at a time… the melody is enchanting to me. I love to sing it at karaoke nights.

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