|“Sultry R&B.” – Complex|
“Aby Coulibaly’s modernist take on R&B and soul is flavoured by finding empowerment in expressing vulnerability” – Notion
“This rising Irish singer-songwriter is taking honeyed R&B to new heights.” – Wonderland
“The potential for a true superstar is right here.” – Earmilk
“Teetering on a precipice, with neo-soul on one side, and confessional rap on the other.” – gal-dem
|Aby Coulibaly followed her visionary debut ‘Taurus’ with her second track ‘Maybe’, and in the process boosted her buzzworthy reputation with praise from Complex, Gal-dem and Wonderland. Her playlist support continues to gain traction, with highlights to date including R&B UK, dazed and Boho + Chill at Spotify plus Chilled R&B at Apple Music.|
That burgeoning reputation continued to flourish last week as Aby shared her new single ‘Long Nights’, which received further praise from the Independent, Notion, tmrw and L’art. Today, Aby shares the official video to Long Nights, filmed in and around her hometown Dublin. Watch HERE.
Aby explains, “The video was directed by Monjola and Sam Fallover who also shot it. I wanted the video to be really fun and not really serious, just me having a good time with friends and playing the PlayStation etc and that’s what we did. We shot it all in the same day and it was sooo much fun.”
The song was produced by Moyo who is also a member of Chamomile Records, providing the foundations for Aby to excel with snappy beats, resonant rolling bass and soft waves of keys adding to its modernist take on R&B and soul. ‘Long Nights’also reiterates Aby’s ability to scrutinise the nuances of sensitive situations. Issues of blame and deflection surface as a relationship breaks down but Aby confidently affirms that it’s a conflict that she can rise above.
That quest for independence also led Aby to form her own label, Chamomile Records, late last year. Working to the philosophy that it’s all about the music, the label is home to another rising Irish R&B talent in the shape of Monjola.
Still just 21-year-olds, the Dublin-based Aby Coulibaly’s alternative R&B is flavoured by a wider range of influences. Think how Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill find empowerment in expressing vulnerability but with some of the unorthodox sonics of James Blake and Empire of the Sun. Music has been her passion since childhood, with songwriting offering her a creative outlet that can unload her anxieties and frustrations.