EXCLUSIVE: New York Pop Songstress, Abby Adams, Drops Sparkly New Single "Terrible Love"
Get pop princess Abby Adams on your radar ASAP. The New York based songstress has been coasting by with seriously underrated electro-pop releases for a few years now, but her latest single begs for your attention. We caught up with Abby to chat about "Terrible Love," exclusively premiering with us on The Music Mermaid today, so read on to discover your new favorite indie-pop tune.
"Terrible Love" opens with Abby's sugary sweet vocals floating above quick snap percussion before fuzzy swells of electric instrumentation abound. The majority of "Terrible Love" buzzes with a sultry, subtle "modern-day millennial love song" vibe, if you will, but over halfway through, the track takes a turn with the addition of Nic Hanson, a smooth soulful vocalist who nails a slick R&B-tinged solo. The effortless blend of shimmering pop with slow-jam beats provides a ton of extra flavor to the already-vibrant pop gem. Cool harmony swirls around sparkling rhythms as Abby's candy-coated performance leads the track to anthemic perfection.
Listen to "Terrible Love" below and read on for an exclusive interview with Abby Adams:
The Music Mermaid: First, can you tell The Music Mermaid a little about yourself and your music?
Abby Adams: I'm 22 and I'm a New York girl, born-and-raised. I feel that my music trends towards down-tempo dark-pop, but "Terrible Love" felt like a departure from that. I listen to a little bit of everything, so that's always been something I've tried to balance in my work.
TMM: You’re based around the NYC area. Can you talk about the music scene there and how it has influenced your work?
AA: NYC is so rich and robust artistically. I'm never wanting for something to do, although more often than not I stay at home with a face mask on and relax. I'm always going to see friends perform. A few weeks ago I went to see Elliot Moss and ELIJAH at Brooklyn Bowl, Dasha at the Delancey, and a month or two before that, I saw Loote at The Studio. It's inspiring to see my friends having success in our field. More than just music, NYC is the rhythmic undercurrent in my life. I'm always going on food adventures or to museums and rooftop parties -- it's great. I was lucky enough to be born in the best city on earth.
TMM: Walk us through a day in your life.
AA: I wake up, meditate, shower, make a green smoothie, get to work doing one of the things I love (at a music marketing firm), go to yoga (depending on the day), make some music, or maybe hit the studio, head home, cook dinner, go out to a show (if I didn't make any music that day), meditate again, and snooze. Wake up, repeat.
TMM: What was the production process like for your latest single, “Terrible Love”?
AA: The production process for "Terrible Love" was long. The song started out totally different than how it ended up -- not all songs are like that though. This one started with me on my Breedlove acoustic with totally different lyrics, but I wanted it to be more of a pop tune. I wanted to add some more vibes, and that's where Nic Hanson and The Monk came in. Dan, my producer, will help me get to any sound that I want to get to, but Nic helped make this so smooth -- he's just like that. The Monk just has his own special flavor with production, and that really helped round everything out this time.
TMM: What is the songwriting process like for you? What themes do you tend to employ in your lyrics?
AA: The songwriting process changes for me each time I sit down. Usually I write lyrics first, but sometimes it's with a melody or instrumental first. You know, I've grown tired of writing strictly about personal experience. Uowever, I suppose every artist has some autobiography in her work. Theme-wise, when writing alone, I usually start from the darker edges of my subconscious. I tend to rely on collaborators to bring me to a more uplifting place when I write. I like to write about things that I find empowering and sexy, but sometimes things which are darker tend to come out first. It's more of a journey, but everything exists in the balance.
TMM: You’re definitely a collab-friendly artist. Can you tell us a little about collaborating and how you work with others?
AA: I love collaborating with other artists. It's really exciting because you never know what's going to happen or what you'll end up with. Your art ceases to be your own, and it becomes shared, quite literally. You have to trust your collaborators and work thoughtfully. I've forged great friendships this way, but have also created noise. You have to be willing to step back and accept that you won't always be the strongest writer in the room, and that sometimes it's like moving mountains, but if you just float and listen to each other, you'll end up with a song, and hopefully that song will be something that you can all be proud of in one way or another.
TMM: How has your music evolved since you first began performing in NYC venues almost ten years ago?
AA: I grew tired of writing the same story over and over again.
TMM: What has been your most memorable musical moment so far?
AA: Second row seats to see My Brightest Diamond and The National at The Beacon Theater in either 2012 or 2013. It was a mind-exploding experience for me.
The Music Mermaid: Finally, what’s next for Abby Adams?
Abby Adams: More music, more yoga, more chillin' -- what I mean to say is that everyone should keep an eye and ear out for my EP Breathing Gold which will be out in spring of 2018!