Selections: Mart Avi

Welcome back to Selections: a series of exclusive artist-curated Spotify playlists from those in the know.

Mart Avi defies any kind of easy categorisation. Hailing from Estonia, Avi pulls from a nebulous web of influences, cultural reference points and sounds to create his electronic, alternative pop. Having spent the early months of lockdown at home crafting double single Spark | Soul ReaVer, Avi will make his return to live music at Tallinn Music Week in the coming days.

Ahead of his performance at the festival, and with his new album Vega Never Sets due for release in October, Avi shares his Selections playlist. Ambient pop, abstract hip-hop and deep cuts from the Estonian underground all inside.

“This euphoric, yet mildly consoling selection could be a reflection of the year I’ve been having,” says Avi of his playlist. “I found solace in working on something special that is finished by now – my next album. The last days of summer can feel a bit unsettling, therefore some of that unease cracked into the playlist as well. I’m feeling like a high schooler in a coming-of-age movie, who doesn’t know what to expect from the fall, yet there’s so much to look forward to.”

Mart Avi appears at Tallinn Music Week 26- 30 August.