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City Stars

by Aquino

Indie acoustic rock tales from urban, suburban, and intergalactic landscapes. Saźon folk!
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Milly
4:15 $0.99
2. City Stars
3:27 $0.99
3. Moving Me. Moving Free.
3:12 $0.99
4. Amaze Me
3:17 $0.99
5. Talking Spirits
3:25 $0.99
6. We All Dance Like Fire
3:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
City Stars, the second release by New Jersey native Aquino, released by Cocotazo Music. It follows his 2015 album Giants Will Fall. Aquino explains the creation of City Stars, “In 2016, I began to explore themes of growing up Latinx in an urban center of Northern NJ. I drew upon the different characters, “stars”, I met and their bigger than life stories. Most of the songs reflect on their passions (both good and bad) and the trajectory in which it took them. The last song, ‘We All Dance Like Fire’, is a reflection on who I’ve become and a personal dedication to my wife.” The new songs were recorded in New Jersey and engineered by Jim Killgore in Ontario, Canada. The album was recorded over the span of a year with the help of some of New Jersey’s best independent musicians.

Michael Aquino is a Cuba-Rican musician and performer born in the urbanlands of northern New Jersey. His debut, solo album, Giants Will Fall, was released in October 2015. He has played at the Cape May Singer-Songwriter Festival, Madison Holiday Arts Festival, Hillside Cafe, Montclair State Centennial Celebration, Boro 6 Music Festival, and the Glen Ridge Arts Festival, among others. Michael has written over 100 original songs and was nominated for a 2013 Jersey Acoustic Music Award (Top Male Songwriter category). He created and facilitated 14 Songs in 14 Days, an intensive online songwriting workshop. He was also the creator and host of Indie Music Circus, a showcase for independent musicians.

Acclaim for Giants Will Fall:

“Giants Will Fall sports a wide range of sounds, textures and a relentless creative streak that keeps it from being one of those “12 versions of the same song” collections.”

– Bob Cannon, The Montclair Times

“There is a connectivity running through the songs that is held together by excellent musicianship and Aquino’s emotional and honest delivery.”

– Ed Magdziak, You Don’t Know Jersey

“This is Aquino’s debut album…and it’s a keeper.”

– LMNOP aka dONW7,



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