CITIES AVIV "Accompanied By A Blazing Solo" VINYL LP
CITIES AVIV "Accompanied By A Blazing Solo" VINYL LP
CITIES AVIV "Accompanied By A Blazing Solo" VINYL LP
CITIES AVIV "Accompanied By A Blazing Solo" VINYL LP
CITIES AVIV "Accompanied By A Blazing Solo" VINYL LP

CITIES AVIV "Accompanied By A Blazing Solo" VINYL LP

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Memphis MC and producer Gavin Mays, known to most as his musical alias Cities Aviv, doesn’t really rap over his beats in the conventional way. Instead, he raps with them, frequently adopting a style of delivery somewhere in the messy intersection between rhythmic syllable conveyance, singing, and simple speech. Mays’ passionate, stream-of-consciousness lyrical labyrinths are well-suited to the longer forms of much of his recent work; the superb GUM, released earlier this year, closes with a continuous 45-minute suite of sorts, and this album, ACCOMPANIED BY A BLAZING SOLO, is his first document that consists entirely of a single track. Song titles are listed, and the transitions between these sections are easily perceived, but like with all of Cities Aviv’s discography it’s a much more advantageous and fulfilling course of action to just drift along with everything. The vocal presence feels more purposeful and intricate than ever before, however; Mays tightly wraps himself in a warm, symbiotic embrace with whatever instrumental he’s using, sometimes directly quoting the words of a sung sample or using those lyrics as free-associative springboards for his own personal musings. Awash in a lush stream of smooth, subtly deconstructed soul collages and sparse percussion, the listener eternally anticipates the sporadic yet deliberately choice entrances of Mays’ vocals, but not for a lack of emotional resonance—whether he is actually “rapping” or not, every second of ACCOMPANIED drips with personality and poignancy, and even when it is present it’s just another abstract element for indirect evocation, an inexorable piece of this intricately crafted, homogeneous sculpture of grief, nostalgia, confusion, reverence, and uneasy contentment.

- Jack Davidson (Noise not Music)

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Matt Haefner
this album is unlike any other

something about cities aviv production on this puts me in a mood that no other album has. the way it builds on itself over time and his meditative flow just make this incredible

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S.G.

One of the best albums of all time