Loma - the new project comprised of Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg, and Emily Cross and Dan Duszynski of Cross Record - released their self-titled debut album in 2018. A product of a joint pilgrimage around the globe by fellow touring musicians, Loma is a beautifully detailed and emotionally rich album that reveals a band obsessed with songs as sound.
It was a strangely charged time. When the album began, Cross and Duszynski were a married couple, but their relationship ended during the sessions—an atmosphere Meiburg found both challenging and inspiring—and the isolated house became the album’s muse. Dogs wander by the microphones; the sounds of birds and wind in junipers and live oaks hover at the borders of the songs, and a close listen reveals cicadas and frogs from a nearby stream. Except for Cross’s translucent voice in the foreground, there were no assigned roles on the album; each member of the trio played every instrument as needed.
A BBC Radio 6 Music Album of the Day upon its release through Sub Pop, it was also Mark Radcliffe’s favourite album of the year.