“Abby Cole is a 24 year old producer and artist making music out of her bedroom in Dallas, Texas. Exploring electronic sounds from dreamy synth-pop to danceable electropop, she takes inspiration from some of her favorite artists such as Caroline Polachek, Grimes, and Oklou. Though she’s been singing practically since she learned to speak, she didn’t start making her own music until 2018.
She released her first single, ‘Ghost Town’, created almost entirely on the Garageband app on her iPhone, at the beginning of 2019. After teaching herself production on Logic during an isolated summer, she followed up with her debut EP ‘Is It Not Strange?’ on September 20th. That autumn, she was featured as a North Texas ‘Slingshot’ artist on NPR Music. After a few more standalone singles released in early 2020, as well as collaborative quarantine single ‘A Lone Song’ with Brazilian artists Slowaves and The Outs, she’s released her second EP, a dark electronica project, titled ‘SEETHRU’, in November 2021, and just like almost all her previous releases, it’s entirely written, recorded, and produced by herself.
Following the release of the project’s first single, ‘The Speed of Time’, she was nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Pop Act of 2020. That same month, she was a featured artist in KERA’s Art&Seek series. In addition to making music, she recently graduated from Southern Methodist University with a Bachelor of Arts in both Film & English.”
It has been a while since I shared a single I’m The One from Abby on my blog and she is back with a new release, which is just a deluxe version of her dark hyperpop electronica EP she released in 2021. I am glad she decided to give it more space and release it with some demos and a bonus track. Her music is quite refreshing and pretty much different from what we usually listen to or receive in our submissions.
I am enjoying her fresh approach to pop and playful, interesting songs that will make you fall in love with her music. I love how she is able to go from indie-alt-pop vibes to hyper-pop to dark electronica. It works so well together and creates a special release. This deluxe version is just a cherry on top.
Definitely a release worth to be added in your daily rotation and it could be easily picked up by radios and other music outlets.
My personal favorite from the album is SEETHRU (bonus track), which has great 80s synths and an amazing atmosphere. What a great track.
I have reached out to Abby and asked her our 3 Qs:
What inspired you to start making music and what keeps you making music?
I remember wanting to create my own music for quite a while, but I didn’t consider that it was even possible until I discovered artists like Grimes who created their music in Garageband. After that, I began listening to music differently, thinking about how the sounds were created and reading about DIY artists’ processes to try and translate them into my own work. Today, anytime I hear music that speaks to me, I feel that kick in my stomach that is the urge to create music just as powerful. I haven’t quite achieved that yet, but I always aspire to, which is what drives me to try.
What was the most challenging thing in your music (artistic) path?
The most challenging thing for me is something that is ongoing, and probably something I’ll deal with throughout my whole career. I’m an introvert, so the performance aspect of being an artist is incredibly intimidating. I have yet to perform my original music in front of an audience because I’m absolutely terrified of it. I have no problem making music in my bedroom, but it’s when other people become involved that sh*t starts to get real.
What would you dream to do if anything was possible?
To be honest, all I want is to have a comfortable life where I have the freedom and resources to create. I work in so many different mediums—music, writing, whatever else I’m into at the time—that I just dream of having my own space to create and be without having to worry about the financial side of things. I don’t care about making money off my art specifically; I just want to be able to feel comfortable and supported in life. (But if we’re being specific, I would love to work with Oklou or Caroline Polachek one day. I just want to watch them create.)
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