In celebration of the release of Michael Avishay's new solo album Rings, the performer has curated a Guest Mix of songs that inspired or influenced his release. You can stream the album + his mix below. Rings is out digitally now and will also be out on tape in September. You can preorder the album now.
There are stories within me that I need to tell myself in order to live. This is the first time I’ve assembled a collection of songs that live in reality, or at least in the reality I share with them. Everything I sing about on this album happened, in one way or another. I tried my best to return to the beginning and tell, in small words, the truth within my heart that I had lost touch with somehow.
This playlist is a sort of skeleton key to the album’s influences and artists who have made an immeasurable impact on my life, especially so over the past two and a half years while I was slowly working on these songs. You know when you hear a version of yourself you long for in a song? Or see some kind of glimpse of Eden through a keyhole in a dream?
I guess what I’m really trying to say is that this album is a breakup album — not just romantically but breaking up with the self, with the past, with the present; fracturing the whole so you can make new presence out of the pieces — but it’s also about putting yourself together again.