Just a couple of weeks ago I wrote about the New Orleans-based up-and-coming R&B vocalist, producer and composer, Abby Diamond. She first caught the attention of several blogs last year for her collaboration with Yugen on the glitchy, off kilter syncopated and icily minimalist “Single Cell."
The New Orleans-based artist caught my attention with the release of a subtle yet brilliant reworking of Froyo Ma’s ”I Live All Alone.“ The original version starts off with a dreamily soulful guitar-led section bolstered by boom bap drum programming and a glitchy vocal sample. The song builds up intensity as the guitar is replaced with layers of cascading synths and a forceful buzz, that happens after a sample of dialogue between Bill Murray’s and Scarlett Johansson’s characters in Lost in Translation. The track manages to be dreamily hypnotic and yet forcefully propulsive. Diamond’s reworking of the song features her seductive and soulful vocals drifting over Froyo Ma’s beats. Although the track maintains its dreamily hypnotic and forcefully propulsive nature, Diamond gave the track a seductive, sensual nature that makes the song truly memorable.
The latest single off Diamond’s forthcoming EP, Down, Down, Deep has a rather interesting backstory. Diamond originally wrote "I Love To Watch You Leave” when she was just 19. Produced by her then-boyfriend Luke Todd, the track featured the young artist’s coquettishly seductive vocals over a sparse production. Producers Liam Shy and Alex Cowan assisted Diamond on a rework that manages to give the song a little bit of heft; in fact, the rework manages to give the song a breezy yet funky 80s R&B groove – the sort of groove that sounds uncannily similar to the sample on Biggie’s “Juicy” and the radio version of “One More Chance."
The official video and the song evoke a scenario that should be familiar to countless New Yorkers and commuters everywhere: the shy observation of a beautiful stranger sitting across from you and the hopeful anticipation of you saying something to them – or of them noticing you and saying something to cut the awkward air. And then the subtle sense of ache and loss when you can’t quite bring up the courage to speak and that stranger walks off towards their destination. It’s sad and yet wonderfully human.