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Old school sound meets new school soul on Princess, the new EP from Atlanta songbird ABRA.

When someone mentions Atlanta music, what typically comes to mind? Bombast. “Crunk.” Strip club records.

“Experimental R&B,” though? Not so much. Yet that’s exactly what ABRA, a burgeoning songbird out of ATL, uses to describe her own sound. The blonde-haired, septum-piercing bearing beauty gambles on being an original. It’s apparent in everything from her music to her Instagram, on which she proudly cites the Greek proverb, “Fortune favors the bold.”

Affiliated with Atlanta’s Awful Records, ABRA holds the distinction of the rap cohort’s only woman and the only singer. She calls her sound “dark Atlanta” but her voice is light and hypnotic. And now, over a year removed from the release of her ROSE project, ABRA is hoping to provide songs for yet another summer by way of her latest EP, Princess, released under True Panther Sounds last week.

Nothing on Princess is remotely rap, nothing is shake joint-inspired. Rather, ABRA merges a contemporary sound with a classic feel. The six-track effort is surprisingly nostalgic – it sounds old-school, lifted from ’80s R&B and pop. “Vegas,” for example, seems to draw cues from A-Ha’s “Take On Me” as Abra’s voice weaves a five-minute long entrancing spell. “Big Boi” thumps and reverbs along, pairing ABRA with Vancouver trip-hop crooner Tommy Genesis. And outro track “Thinking of U” lets ABRA’s voice shine, using a scaled-back beat over which the singer pledges her allegiance to her lover.

Atlanta music doesn’t sound all the same, but the city is known for sticking in its lane. On Princess, ABRA rejects that lane and crafts her own path; and in the process, the self-anointed “Dark Wave Duchess” has created one of the most refreshing things to come out of the ATL in quite some time.

Stream ABRA’s Princess EP for yourself down below and grab it off iTunes now. Additionally, ABRA is currently touring throughout Europe; but those in Atlanta can catch her “headlining, homecoming” show at Masquerade on July 28th.