True Panther Sounds has announced a new EP release from ABRA, Atlanta’s own “Darkwave Duchess,” for her PRINCESS EP, dropping July 15th. The songwriter, producer, singer, and occasional rapper today shares her new single, “CRYBABY,” via Soundcloud, which follows a recently released EP teaser video clip titled “COME 4 ME.”
ABRA is an outlier. Moving around with her missionary parents, she was born in New York and raised in South London, before eventually landing in Atlanta. Like her upbringing, ABRA’s music isn’t specific to a place, a time, or a sound. Instead, it’s a blend of influences, informed — but not defined — by its surroundings. Utilizing different components of Miami Freestyle and electro-funk 808’s topped with her own airy R&B-tinged vocals, ABRA’s voice and sounds are familiar, but uniquely contemporary.
Every note on the PRINCESS EP is written, produced, and performed by ABRA – often in the solitude of her bedroom closet. As an introverted youth, she dug into the Internet to find community and inspiration. Then, as now, she found inspiration in unique juxtapositions, as seen in her early acoustic covers of Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame, and 2 Chainz that she posted on YouTube. Those videos eventually led her to a new community: Awful Records. The Awful crew — a collective of friends, artists, and collaborators creating their own hypercolor, DIY version of Atlanta’s burgeoning weirdo-rap movement — embraced her fully. Even within the rap-oriented Awful crew she is an iconoclast: for her own productions, she avoids the conventional sounds of Atlanta trap in favor of drums and synthesizers reminiscent of 1980’s pop.
1. COME 4 ME
4. BIG BOI feat. Tommy Genesis
5. PULL UP
6. THINKING OF U