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Everyone remembers Cities Aviv, Gavin Mays born in 1989; for his productions Digital Lows (in 2011), Black Pleasure; Black Pleasure through streetwear company Mishka NYC‘s record label before signing to Young One Records – 2012), and after then the album; titled Come to Life (2014), now his fourth release, a brand new iteration into Memphis Tennessee producers’ mental, an album titled Your Discretion Is Trust (2015).
Cities Aviv has been featured in both Spin, as well as Pitchfork. This album sort of presented me with the problems of an individual facing the loss of his time; from either spending to much of it on-with-or-for some particular person, or object, or identity [even], or possibly through aging, or as a maturing problem or person, but that the blocks on which social & natural dictated thoughts, & personal affirmations indicate feelings of unrest & desires for more affection through that which has programmed itself or ourselves with, & is or will become apart of us.
The first four tracks, are amazing and the most unique, the fifth is an interlude, and by no means deserves to be skipped over. I want you to feel those and a few others out for yourselves. (Lets talk about a few, full listen below)
Classic Cities (6.Earth Signs (feat. RPLD GHSTS); 1:46) reminding me of how his raw percussion two-stepping hardcore progressiveness influences me in such a way, I cannot stop listening. Such awesome production, the bells and whistles are really clean on that one, and again Aviv has excellent vocal styles, you cant really get tired of listening to him talk about things you relate to so well such as a song on the album; like 8. Discrimination; 2:43. A track that attempts to tackle the corruption of the media, events in Baltimore, relationships or the inverse of such regarding white rappers. Chanting, “Discrimination, Turn The Page”. It’s wicked, and it such a clear depiction of pop-culture. The tracks that follow this recipe on this LP are going to be timeless pieces for this young artist, who is often times channeling a sort of guerrilla revolutionary,
Eventually we Interlude, (14. Survival Fit; 03:53), to a woman (I’m assuming, is a companion of Gavin’s or relative. Im not quite sure. At first I thought it was a little kid, but I do not know. I enjoyed what they said rather anyhow,) but she goes on to describe something call “Nature-ology“. The unknown context to which I am stricken by and feel as though I don’t need an explanation for what it could be defined as, yet I would want to the author of the terminology to explain to it to, to correspond if I even knew it myself. Truly it is a tale, of survival. Never let anyone stop you from doing what you want to do in your life, “live freely…”, he says, “until we sleep in those boxes”. This lyric is featured in Survival Fit is the last track on the Album, but also my favorite, along with the very industrial psycho noise of the Nico Interlude, a very wishy-washy gargle of angsty distortion,
It’s process is completed once its stifles our self-governing skills, and not having the power true have the true understanding of being programmed by the a hateful system, or one that doesn’t wish you to fulfill yourself. . Our powers must be activated from within ourselves, the world must be be altered, to fill voids in the minds of many desperate people including ourselves. A new spectrum of expression as an artist whose validity is uncanny, for the pure fact that he is reflecting his understanding of these faces he sees are unfortunates parodies of what they could or should have possibly become in turn.
A big diss to what society on the “upper crust” believes, is the only American society that exists. Due to it sheer unintelligible behaviors & the size of the consensus and popularity of itself, while it destroys multiple platforms of the rest of the worlds ability or option to invoke their helpful or demonized controversial suggestions. His latest genre bending No Wave, Power World Nature, Anti-Pop Post-Violent album has reached the entrance to our mind on pop-counter pop-cultics and post-anti-socialistic systems programed into us. There are some dark elements, and there some very playful elements in not only the production of the instruments, but overall. I highly recommend this album. Whether you are an avid listener of Cities Aviv or otherwise, this piece is 14 tracks deep, including the brief minute or so long interludes. There are only a few. It’s a great experience, and am most likely going to return to it a quite a bit to listen to.
Originally from Baltimore, the folk post-violent, hardcore electronic experimental artist named Eu1ogy, emerged on to the NYC scene from the shell of his previous duo-project ANML, to distribute his concentrated gothic romanticization of sorrows we experience throughout our existence…
NN: Let me start by asking how you are, and what you have been doing for the past two months ?
EU1OGY: Things are little overwhelming at the moment but I’m trying to stay positive, centered, focused on my music and art while trying to balance being in the “real world” among the others. thanks for asking!
NN: What came of the end of 2014 for you ?
EU1OGY: Moved back home to Baltimore (Maryland). After living in Brooklyn, New York for about 4 1/2 years. I’m just figuring out what’s the next step. I really want to just travel for the next few years, bounce around to different cities and see new things meet new people.
NN: What plans have you made since then; for your music, or your art ?
EU1OGY: I’ve neglected my actual art for about 5 years which is hard to swallow when I take the time to think about It because It’s a big part of who I am however I have been doing many sketches over the years so I guess all can’t be lost. As far as my music I’ve decided to just work on a ton of projects and keep my ideas flowing. At the end of the day, I just want to keep getting better and grow as a musician I still have a lot to learn and experience.
NN: Albums, Possible Video Release Dates ?
EU1OGY: I am working on 2 EP’s, the first one is titled “The Calm, The Storm”, which should be done by the spring and another EP titled “Headbanger” which should be done by early summer. No official release dates, but I do have deadlines. I want to work on a few videos that I have ideas for it’s just actually finding the right director and team of people that can portray the feeling I am trying to put across. The first video for EU1OGY will most likely be GLYPHS IX (PROD. FAWKES).
NN: Do you plan on traveling , or touring within this year ?
EU1OGY: I want to travel and play out as much as I can I feel like it’s a must for artist to be able to play live shows and connect with people one on one and not just online. I normally play about 2 – 3 shows a month, if not more. I would like to tour and I have talked to a bunch of different bands / performers about touring, but nothing official. If I do tour i’m hoping it would be the end of summer or fall.
I think the most crazy show I’ve played had to be at this DIY spot in Baltimore, called The Annex. It was with SHOP (who is one of my favorite rappers in Baltimore) and this band Sherman Whips who always rips it up and brings out a good crowd. it was a benefit show for TERRAULT CONTEMPORARY, which is an art gallery ran by Brooks Kossiver.
I couldn’t tell you what happen I don’t remember much because I was given a bunch of different alcohol form serval people before my set, but I do remember some low key shit going down as always. I mean it isn’t a good show if some trouble isn’t brewing. I was trying to avoid it but obviously got caught up in the bullshit; (lol) my bag with all my gear, phone, money and everything else got stolen too. When I realized that I was pretty heated, but I got my stuff back from some girl who told me some else had given it to her after yelling over the mic that whoever stole my bag should return my stuff. It’s all good I left with a bad bitch anyway. I played at Rough Trade in Brooklyn with PSYCHOEGYPTIAN and my close friend / brother PONYO recently. That was a dope show just because I was playing along side of some of the dopest musicians in Brooklyn right now. Not to mention they are family! It was cool just to be asked to play at a place like that.
NN: What was the last most important work that you completed – How well do you believe it was received ?
EU1OGY: I don’t have anything online besides my “Ever After” EP that I put out summer of 2014. It’s the first piece of music I wrote that wasn’t super aggressive or angry. I honestly didn’t think anyone would like it which is fine but after I released it I got a lot of feedback most extremely positive. A lot of the positive feedback was from artist who I look up to so it was to nice hear their thoughts and get constructive criticism.
NN: When you began your project, did you expect the turn out you have received so far ?
EU1OGY: No way, not at all. I think I overthink everything. I’ve been making music for 15 years so it’s just natural for me to want to create it’s a part of who I am so I never expect people to “get it” or even like it.
NN: When did you know you wanted to begin this project ?
EU1OGY: The project just kinda started on it’s own I was toying with ideas of writing something mellow and “ever after” was the final outcome.
NN: What do you want to convey, or what have you also found that you do convey in frequently in your materials ?
EU1OGY: I try to convey the feeling of feeling hurt, lost or alone, love & death, relationships, everyday life situations with the undertone of being hopeless.
NN:What reflects the least, what should you be focusing on ?
EU1OGY: Just trying to focus on recording and laying down different vocal ideas as much as I can just to have them on paper while they are still in my head.
NN: How many releases have you successfully produced ?
EU1OGY: I produced all of “Ever After” some of the tracks on “The Calm, The Storm” will be produced by me. I just started producing and have a lot to learn I feel like my knowledge in percussion and playing drums has helped with beat making.
NN: How do you feel being called a #NVRMNDKID or that you’re one of the #NVRMNDCRU ?
EU1OGY: Oh nice! I’m crew crew now?! (hahaha) that’s cool! I totally embrace you guys and the movement! so many crews and collectives around now a days and I’m into that it’s a good thing that people are coming together to brainstorm, create and manifest ideas. Shout out to my Scraper Boy$
NN: Also, can you shed some light on Scraper World / Scraper Boys ?
EU1OGY: Scraper World ENT. is the label. Scraper Boy$ is the crew discovered and run by the super talented Elliot Glass, from Baltimore. A collective of talented friends all doing boss shit (most of the crew lives in Brooklyn New York) at the moment Antonio, Kyle, Dillion, Manny, A.J., Gavin and others like (myself), Jay, Rusty and Killian. They hold it down in Baltimore! Tons of of others who are down, just a lot to mention.
Not much to say, I don’t want to talk about what we are all up to but be on the look out for APX new music from CITIES AVIV, PONYO, M4NNY, CASPER some jewelry by Katherine Seabright and a ton of other projects were deff on the grind!
For more of the latest from Eu1ogy follow on Twitter @rismk, or on Tumblr!
!! THANKS EU1OGY & ALL THE SCRAPER BOY$ !!
Cities Aviv once again represents, our own world(s) in his image. Through “Worlds of Pressure”, this MV shot by Ramir Villaseñor, a compact post violent requiem of brilliance.
It may not readily identify as a political piece at first; although real, recognizes real;
Note : the colour war suggested in the introduction;
Awareness of the “BLUE” (NYPD or Pro-Authoritarian) brought to “justice” in the light of day. Proceeded by a scene of Cities wearing the yellow FUBU garment (cautionary) & finally the (activation and/or danger) in red adorned with floral blossoms, life linked into a metal fence behind him. Natures’ relationship with this human made apparatus to contain life.
Where we find Cities wrapped the sharp superb lighting, bright natural daylight, leaving the coldest shadows cast into over him in a vacant space, offering us the idea we found ourself in this Artists’ own thoughts, collective & hopeful. Projecting.
A clear sky transitions to a room originally only occupied by Cities, & like a convertible roof the daylight drops back & folds underneath the night, the room now filled with kin. Aviv, Coming To Life, has manifested his thoughts into reality. Now consciously aware how dark this world of truth parallels the world of falsehoods. Knowing it’s been filmed in “Bedstuy” would tip you off to the fact (that these post-human activists), still retain the pure Afro-Punk feel coded in the beginning; we find Aviv – shaking his jagged dreads – in disbelief.
It was its own pleasure, being on set during its filming.
This psychick awakening, a tribute to cult culturist & the demise of the blue wall, live, an unencrypted murder of it proceeded by the rise of the red. Civil War. “Parallel Universes” Become explored in this future Cities Aviv prophesied.