POOF! We're dead.
Well, maybe not dead, just completely under the spell of R&B writer, singer and wild woman avatar Abra. Like the same-named Pokemon, the Georgia native has a talent for teleporting crowds with her layered mic effects, icy, soulful moans, tickling synths, and bouncy drum beats.
Her emotional clash 80s sampling and jazzy rhymes (all mixed and mastered in her bedroom closet) chimed solo until ATL-based indie hip-hop label Awful Records inducted her as their first lady. After releasing her first EP, BLQ Velvet, in early 2015, Abra recognized the shortage of female producers and continued her journey with a follow up EP called Roses, this past summer. Abra incubated Roses with a raw, instinctual mental game and infused the title track's music video with the hottest, most primal suburban teen scene images ever, like: knife licking, tighty whities, bubble gum bubbles, lacy socks, booty tooting, fireworks, and a bed of ambient teddy bears. Phew.
Not identifying with typical music industry standards, Abra hails self actualization and compassion through a feminine reverb, harmonizing disparities women struggle with, including those that leave you chugging a bottle of Hpnotiq and singing “I’m young and I’ll waste you away” into a vanity mirror.
The self-described “Darkwave Dutchess” lyrically digests the shadow side of feminism with symbolic melodies:
“Cause I am more than atoms and notions,
smoke mirrors and potions,
a bag of bone in motion,
come drown in my ocean.”
As an admirable DIY artist, Abra emphasizes inflaming your passions through being self taught - ask for help, make mistakes, but give yourself the freedom to do what you what when you want, because ultimately, that's when the real magic happens.