"A stargazer's guide to becoming one with the sky"
Cities Aviv released two albums over the course of 2022, each one playing off of the other's mannerisms and movements. Though born months apart from one another, this pair of hip hop projects are nearly identical, tailored perfectly to the time of year in which they were issued. Man Plays the Horn was a blessing for those left freezing their hearts out in the earliest days of February, warming up the speakers with an eighty-minute tape full of looping rhythms and soothing samples. The late October production of "Working Title for the Album Secret Waters" is far more focused, making up for its sibling's hyperactive tracklist with a crowded yet consistent collection of its own.
Like an online bulletin board of satisfying images and GIFs, this record is a collage of uncanny autumnal energy and dark solitude. Secret Waters' soulful overtones are mentally stimulating and playfully lethargic at the same time, cutting and pasting Cities Aviv's central character into a well-edited slideshow of vintage soul vocals and string-swept instrumentals. Longer pieces like Chozen / The Prevalence of Issues and Mysticism Redesigned let the magic flow on for what feels like a peaceful eternity, but the fast-paced temparament of Knowing Is... and 4 Quarter Talks are just as important in illustrating the influences of jazz and ambient music that make this LP such a treasure.
In comparison with its older brother, the tight-knit maturity of "Working Title for the Album Secret Waters" feels like a finished short film to Man Plays the Horn's chalk-etched storyboard. Both albums are extremely skilled in their slightly different areas of expertise, but the way in which Cities Aviv embodies both the artist and the curator of this immersive museum is particularly enchanting and arcane. This is by far one of the rapper's most significant statements, and he will no doubt go on to hone his craft to even greater heights.
- Duncan Reviews
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Love the minimalist cover.
Great label great LP, undergound
Given the price of vinyls, I would like there to be stickers or goodies each time in the shipment
Very disappointed album has not arrived and no tracking information on the carriers website. Would appreciate an update on the whereabouts of the album.
Sorry for the wait. Sometimes it takes longer than usual to see progress regarding the tracking info. As I can see you received the record a few days ago. I hope everything is fine. Thank you David.
a fantastic album!