I can feel goosebumps rising and chills rippling through me as this lo-fi soul and R&B artist BABBY rips my heart out of my chest with his enigmatic new single, Mother. The slow burning, deliberately paced ballad combines gospel, soul, R&B, electronica, and even indie rock, interweaving these fine threads into a starkly haunting, cavernous echoing hymnal. The 23 year old artist traveled around the state of Maryland from the young age of five to perform at various churches under the care of his single mother. BABBY’s name is inspired by both the fallen city of Babylon and jazz drummer Baby Dodds.
James Baldwin, Nina Simone, and Toni Morrison are on Babby’s list of musical inspirations and traces of their influence shine through on magnificent “Mother”. You can find a demo and one other track from this mysteriously captivating talent on Soundcloud, here.