From listening to the voices in our heads to mourning the destruction of the environment, from communicating with lost loved ones to following the faith of ones intuition despite scientific evidence, "Spirit Ciphers" is a collaboration of two strangers who share deep spiritual commonalities and a passion for rapping wholeheartedly from the soul.
The album cover depicts a Ouija board with the names of the rappers replacing the alphabet that normally is depicted on a Ouija board, and it signifies the use of communicating tools to tap into exchanges between the living and the dead, to commune and talk with the spirits of loved ones and ancestors of the past for guidance.
The exchange began through the Internet as musician Silentmind contacted Earleybird in March 2012 with the concept of collaborating on a song. Soon, another song was born and then Earleybird, only knowing Silentmind through his lyrics and email correspondence, without ever having met or talked to Silentmind in person, suggested they collaborate on a full-length album. It was a leap of faith that the two artists agreed to embark upon together, and the result is 20 tracks of contemplative and introspective lyrics about mankind and its place in the world and society at large.
The album begins with the epic song "Animal Jungle" a 5 minute ode to all forms of life that share the planet with humans, and the topics covered in the rest of album deal with subjects that humans have wrestled with for centuries, such as "Where do we go when we die?", "Why are we here?, and "Are we alone?". The answers given by the artists showcase their own wisdom, faith, insight and maturity as they wrestle with the realities of living on planet Earth in this day and time. Featuring guest vocals from Subcon, Lou Mo Noti, Ionic, Maria Marfori, B. Polite, Revolution and Nicole Pate, "Spirit Ciphers" is a rewarding and challenging look into the discussions of two men about spirituality, unconditional love and faith in the unknown, whether the unknown is the existence of a higher power, the place we go where we die, or a stranger requesting to make a song.