Mart Avi (Estonia)

Estonian avant-pop auteur Mart Avi grew up in a pint-sized Estonian village named Vara (“Treasure” in English), toying around with rusty remnants from its industrious past. His youth has been spent creating the sort of nowhere-somewhere music, mapping uncharted territories between hyperkinetic now-pop and timeless grandeur. Avi’s latest solo full-length Vega Never Sets (2020) found him expanding even further beyond the push and pull of the familiar and the elusive with its syncopated breaks, twisted New Jack Swing and noir-ish future soul.

Simultaneously powerful yet puckish, the album topped annual critics’ polls in his homeland and garnered rave reviews worldwide from MOJO to The Quietus and airplays from BBC to KEXP. His upcoming LP Blade is out in Spring 2022 with a promise to “hack the grooves as if trying to cut to the other side of the wind”.

“Unlike with a lot of conceptronica, Mart Avi’s thoughtful thoughts don’t get in the way of the seduction effect.” Simon Reynolds
“Avi has the air of one who possesses an ill-gotten genius, a C21st Loki who has just nicked your smartphone.” The Quietus
“He’d make an excellent pop star.” MOJO

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