Summertime is now in full effect here in Chicago, and I'm happy to say that I'm in the middle of an extended vacation from work—hope all is going similarly well in your little section of planet earth.

Though it's been a while since you've heard anything from me on the City States front, I've certainly been busy. You might recall that I released an experimental techno record in October under the name Avvenir, and just a month ago I released a new record under another name, Modal Voices.

That record, Uncertain Designs, rounds out the set of four debut releases I've been working on since 2014; read more about that Modal Voices album and some of the influences I took in while making it (including Steve Reich, Tim Hecker, Tortoise, and Oneohtrix Point Never), here:

I'm slowly starting to get moving on the sophomore City States record, but before that ever happens I have some additional releases from Avvenir and more later this year, so stay tuned. And if you're interested in more frequent updates on the work I'm doing outside of City States, then be sure to sign up for the Safety Records mailing list.

Until then, enjoy your summer, and if you enjoy the new Modal Voices LP, then be sure to tell your friends!

Joel / City States