Cross Record Unveils Third Single / Video, “I Release You”

Cross Record – aka Emily Cross – unveils her third single and accompanying video, “I Release You,” from her forthcoming self-titled album, due August 2nd via Ba Da Bing. “I Release You” follows “The Fly,” “an eerie, abstract rumination” (Stereogum), and the lead single, “PYSOL My Castle.” Over dark, celestial synth, “I Release You” contemplates how life’s transitions can demand challenging reappraisals of oneself. And the accompanying video, directed by Cross, presents various people interpretively dancing to the song.

“The song is about struggling to let go of an identity you’ve built up around yourself and trying to see a life beyond it,” says Cross. “It’s also about moving ahead with intuition, even if you have no idea what the ‘right thing to do’ is or means. I was in a state of utter confusion, but somewhere in myself I saw the path I needed to travel, and I knew that eventually when I arrived back to Earth, I and (we) would grow under the right conditions. In this video, I was seeking expression of the song through my friends, who hadn’t heard the song yet. Thanks to them, who moved beautifully to it.” 

Across the album, Cross reconciles her present state of being with her experiences of the past few years. Themes of departure and separation were inspired by her new role as a death doula, which helps clients navigate decisions and hardships at the end of life. Cross’s work in helping others face their greatest fears inhabits the same space as her art, which has always explored the metaphysical in the everyday. Her songs are introspective and observe the transcendental – framing death as a spiritual departure and considering the fragility and resilience of the mind. The eerie experience of listening to Cross Record and the unsettling sense of songs slipping from coherent grasp share these same sensibilities.

The Cross Record live band – comprised of Emily Cross (vocals), Taft Mashburn(vocals/keyboard), Greer Culbertson (vocals), Andrew Hulett (bass/synth), and Andrew Stevens (percussion) – will tour North America this fall. Additionally, in select cities, Cross will be leading a Living Funeral ceremony – a three-hour long experience which focuses on turning towards one’s own mortality. Participants experience their own memorial, are told to write their last words, and then are led through a death visualization. All dates are listed below.

Watch the Video for “I Release You” –

Watch the Video for “PYSOL My Castle” –

Listen to “The Fly” –

Pre-order Cross Record –

Cross Record Tour Dates:

(new dates in bold)

Wed. Sept. 4 – Marfa, TX @ Bar Nadar Pool & Grill

Thu. Sept. 5 – Phoenix, AX @ Lunchbox

Fri. Sept. 6 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater

Sun. Sept. 8 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord

Tue. Sept. 10 – Portland, OR @ Holocene

Mon. Sept. 11 – Astoria, OR @ Anita

Thu. Sept. 12 – Seattle, WA @ Fremont Abbey

Sun. Sept. 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Moon Palace Books

Tue. Sept. 17 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern

Wed. Sept. 18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Northside Tavern

Fri. Sept. 20 – Fishkill, NY @ Likeminds Festival

Sun. Sept. 22 – Beacon, NY @ Quinn’s

Mon. Sept. 23 – Kingston, NY @ Tubby’s

Tue. Sept. 24 – Brooklyn, NY @ Trans-Pecos

Wed. Sept. 25 – Washington, DC @ Songbyrd

Fri. Sept. 27 – Richmond, VA @ Space Litter

Sun. Sept. 29 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl

Living Funeral Dates (non-musical):

(all locations to be announced)

Wed. Sept. 4 – Marfa, TX

Sat. Sept. 7 – Los Angeles, CA

Mon. Sept. 9 – San Francisco, CA

Tue. Sept. 10 – Portland, OR

Thu. Sept. 12 – Seattle, WA

Sat. Sept. 14 – Fargo, ND

Sun. Sept. 16 – Chicago, IL

Sat. Sept. 21 – Fishkill, NY

Tue. Sept. 24 – New York, NY

Sat. Sept. 28 – Durham, NC

Mon. Sept. 30 – New Orleans, LA

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