Chicago-based band Dos Santos hasn’t released a new album since 2018’s stellar LOGOS. Today the band has announced its new, City of Mirrors (International Anthem), set for release on October 15th. In conjunction with the release, Dos Santos shares the single to the title track through its accompanying video. City of Mirrors is cinematic in its journey, reflecting sounds from across the Americas combined with bandleader Alex Chavez’s compelling poetic narratives.
Its 13 tracks consolidate the band’s unique identities, creative and cultural roots, and penchant for honoring traditional Latinx music with contemporary compositional expressions and production techniques. It achieves the band’s mission to push against their own musical boundaries while also exploring themes of social justice, migration, and contemporary human struggle.
Chavez articulates beautifully: “City of Mirrors 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.”
“City of Mirrors” is the second offering that appears on the album, following the previously released “A Shot in the Dark”. “‘City of Mirrors’ is a love song to Puerto Rico amid the aftershocks of disasters,” says Chavez. “Inspired by Gabriel García Marquez’s 100 Years of Solitude, Puerto Rico to us is like Macondo—the city of mirrors, a central character in that novel—a place of beauty and trauma, of struggle and triumph. Indeed, the Caribbean as a whole is ground zero for this dichotomy, borne of the legacy of colonialism in the ‘new world,’ much as Macondo. This song is a tribute to this place and its enduring story.”