City of Mirrors

by Dos Santos

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JML
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JML there's something quite magnificent of not really knowing a language, but feeling the universality within.
Cameron Davis
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Cameron Davis What a flawless record. Leisurely and warm. Dreamlike even. A beautiful homunculus that’s sure to elevate your mood and make you dance.
thugbrarian13
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thugbrarian13 listening to the whole album this morning literally lifted me up out of a funk. such a great combination of get off your ass and dance pieces, with some beautiful chill sessions. Dos Santos is becoming one of my top 5 favorite groups as of late.
catfishjohn
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catfishjohn This is my favorite album of '21 so far. The sonic choices made throughout are fresh and stunning, and there's an urgency and sharp beauty beneath the cloudy atmosphere. Though the lyrics are in a tongue I don’t know, I’m still carried away by them. I can’t wait to see where these ideas go on future recordings. Thanks to Dos Santos for bringing this vibe into our house. We are listening.
lomath
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lomath this album is amazing. every song brings something new to the table and it's all so incredibly done. I'm in awe of what you have accomplished here.
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Glorieta 02:28
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White. Lies. 02:50
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Palo Santo 03:01
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Crown Me 03:23
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Ghost. Me. 03:49
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Soledad 03:26
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Lejos de Ti 03:08

about

This album is an assemblage…
…glimpses of tradition
…reflections on our collective present
…luminous echoes between love and solitude.
hope and absurdity.
euphoria and mourning.

This album grapples with and transgresses these binaries because we have/and continue to cross borders. Yet, for us, the border is no metaphor—too much real staring back at us.

We embody the border.
We (our families) have crossed it.
We (our stories) are coated with its residues.
And so… we cross the border of self through our art—out of necessity.

This album was imagined while touring the country as families were corralled in cages.
We then fled the wildfire of a nascent pandemic poised to (especially) ravage our communities as we recorded in Los Angeles.
And our sonic journey concluded in Chicago while the country rebelled against the murderous consequences of policing in the U.S.

Through this cascade of tipping points and tragedy, we summoned melody and verse to sound out verdant technicolor dreams of freedom and desire, mirroring the vortex of our time.

And borders were at the center of these struggles.
Borders—of nation, of belonging—are the struggle.

And so, this album is a set of dispatches from that wondrous journey…
…our journey across and into a sunburst surreal.
…our astral meditations on loss and triumph.
…our sonic trek across a landscape of trauma and effervescence.

…The border divides and defines places—yes. But it is equally a place unto itself—a borderland.
It is the forbidden place where we dwell.
The enchanting space where we are at home.
The bustling city where we reflect.
Look into our mirror. See us in you.

credits

released October 15, 2021

Alex Chavez – vocals, keyboards, guitars
Jaime Garza – electric bass
Nathan Karagianis – guitars, sampling, programming, keyboards, vocals
Peter “Maestro” Vale – congas, percussion
Daniel Villarreal – drums, percussion
Elliot Bergman – baritone saxophone (track 2), clarinet (track 4), upright bass (track 13)
Martín Perna – baritone saxophone (track 4), flute (track 5)

Produced by: Elliot Bergman
Recorded and Edited by: Michael Craver & Elliot Bergman
Mixed by: Michael Craver
Mastered by: Dave Cooley

Original Artwork by: Amara “Rebel Betty” Martín
Additional Artwork by: Estudio Pneuma
Design by: Jeremiah Chiu

Dos Santos extends their deepest and most heartfelt gratitude to everyone who supported the making of this album—families, partners, friends, and compañerxs musicales. In these times, we offer this music and these words in the spirit of creating a world otherwise. Paz.

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