Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record teamed up with Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg in 2017, forming a trio called Loma and releasing a self-titled record. Next month, they’re following it up with a new one called Don’t Shy Away, recorded at Duszynski’s house in rural Texas, and they’ve already shared two very good tracks from it, “Ocotillo” and “Half Silences.” Today, they’re sharing two more patiently unfolding songs.
The first, Don’t Shy Away’s title track, has a video directed by Duszynski. “I knew I wanted a single shot with a gradual reveal to complement the slower enveloping mood of the song,” he explains. “The time-stopping effect draws me in without distracting from the music. I also love Jonathan and the dogs’ cameos.”
The second is album closer “I Fix My Gaze,” which has a video from Cross. “I wanted to convey the feeling of being free even within a walled-in space,” she says. “Recognizing that you’re trapped, in a way, but that there is still beauty and joy to be found.”
“The video for ‘Don’t Shy Away’ was pure serendipity,” Meiburg adds. “So many things happen in it — the dogs, the birds, the timing — that could never be replicated, even if we tried. And I love Emily’s vision for ‘I Fix My Gaze.’ Emily was a visual artist before she was a musician, and it comes through in everything she does.”
Listen to both songs and watch both videos below.
Don’t Shy Away is out 10/23 on Sub Pop. Pre-order it here.