Acclaimed Estonian avant-pop force Mart Avi continues the decade with 'Blade'. His next mission after 2020’s elusive 'Vega Never Sets' sees him slashing the grooves in end-of-level boss mode. The sly, but oddly accessible Blade is ravishing and urgent. Its grip is wrapped by an individual texture of analogue sizzle and digital glare supporting reflections of mutant R&B with a peculiar swing.
"Out on his own, no matter what way you look at it, Mart Avi makes the rudest, suavest links between far flung paradigms in a singular style on ‘Blade’."
"Blade is a pop record that sounds like nothing but a Mart Avi record and has little relation to what contemporary pop records should be, even though it is very much a fresh and attractive sound, chronicling the “here and now. Blade is first and foremost a beautiful dream."
— Louder Than War
"Less otherworldly and more ‘future-worldly’, Blade takes contemporary influences and drives them close to breaking point."
released April 29, 2022
Mart Avi: producer, writer, performer, art
Martin Kikas: mix/master, post-production
Crisan: co-production on track 7
Marke Saaremets: design
Ivar Murd: photography