Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mart Avi – Rogue Wave (2016)




  • Post-pop 
  • Avant-pop 
  • Chamber pop 
  • Electronic music 
  • Baroque pop 
  • Alternative pop
  • Leftfield pop 
  • Art pop 
  • Singer-songwriter 
  • Electro-acoustic 
  • Experimental pop

Comment: Mart Avi is a 25-year old musician from Estonia who firstly gained fame in underground circles by being the singer in post-Madchester/indie dance/dance rock collectives, Badass Yuki, and Stones & Holes. However, since then or in parallel with it he has been doing his solo albums and being a requested guest artist. After Hours, the first of them came out in 2013 in the LP format under the Estonian imprint Porridge Bullet. Humanista followed approximately three years later being one of the best issues in 2015. By the way, it was heralded as the best album of the year in 2015 by one of the most important Estonian music sites, at Eesti Ekspress being simultaneously the first issue to have won with a Creative Commons licence. In general, it is a new uptake on the legacy of such artists as Scott Walker, David Sylvian, Neil Hannon, David Bowie, and Billy Mackenzie. And those cool whiffs of trumpet here and there convey courtesy visits to Miles Davis and other trumpet players. As I just said it a new uptake on the artists but exploiting their postures adeptly in the way to create a brand new state of art. It was sassy in its eccentricity and dizzy in its elegantly jumpy madness though thoroughly set out and accomplished. Avi`s 10-notch brand new one, as the title hints at it, continues to trudge the same way (it is not surprising at all, isn`t). However, the first listening round did not convince me it might be because it is deceitfully more restrained and layers are more buried. By paraphrasing one of the title of his songs (Seasons Have Changed), times have changed. The next rounds proved the issue is a grower and stepwise opener and Mart Avi is still great to compose outstanding music. In comparison to Humanista there is more melancholy and languidness to be added to the melting pot. Furthermore, even if dreamy seeds within the mix seem to be somehow veiled ultimately the result is even more daydreamy and soulfully wondrous than ever before. The effect is managed in a deliberate way. But not only in this regard. Let`s skip on and listen to Moses which chimes as a glitched-out chamber and shoegaze blended composition. Secondly it could freely be denoted as Rogue Wave. It is followed by Rogue State and in fact proves the accuracy of the previous sense. More profoundly, it is about an enchanting state of mind being surfaced as a static flow to be disturbed and cut-up. Additionally, some details within it are magnified and extended. In a nutshell, it is one of the most outstanding issues in 2016 so far. It is an example of pre-eminent (pop) art.
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