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NEW NOISE: COBRAH

Strap up and strap-on: the Stockholm-based pop multi-hyphenate takes us on a wild ride in her club-beckoning self-titled EP.

COBRAH COBRAH New Noise Purple
COBRAH COBRAH New Noise Purple

“I just wanna feel good, gotta lay down with some good kush / Got a good girl, a real good bush, come and go get a real good puss.” Such biblical teachings are the perfect introduction to COBRAH, the Stockholm based multi-hyphenate putting sex at the forefront of her irresistible dance-pop tunes.

Spreading herself across a multitude of roles: producer, singer, visual director, to name a few, the innovative talent even has her own label, the aptly titled GAGBALL, communicating her surreal, club-beckoning world through a lens so wholly her own. Those who’ve already came into contact with her speed-filled tunes will note their industrial charm, a slew of squelches and bangs that pepper every beat with wreckless abandon. In that way, listening to COBRAH is sort of like squeezing your skin into a latex gimpsuit, but all this throbbing magic happens to take place inside your ears.

Be it horse tranquilliser, feeling like the hottest bitch in the building, or just straight-up shagging, COBRAH approaches the hedonistic subject matter on her self-titled 2021 EP with a celebratory drawl that’s both sweet and sultry. She’s not here to pass judgement, but instead excite our minds and demand we throw our asses back in the club. From “BANG”, “DIP N DRIP” all the way up to “DEBUT”, let it be known our ears are gonna be whipped into submission, and we’re gonna bloody well like it too.

With all that in mind, check out our interview with the star below as we chat keeping creative over lockdown and all the musical icons on her collaboration radar.

COBRAH New Noise Purple Ribbon Dress Boots
COBRAH New Noise Purple Ribbon Dress

String dress FREJA WISEK

COBRAH New Noise Purple Ribbon Dress Boots
String dress FREJA WISEK
COBRAH New Noise Purple Ribbon Dress

Hey COBRAH! How has the pandemic been for you?
I’ve been very lucky to still have my family alive and to be living in Sweden where there hasn’t been a lockdown. Although it’s been very difficult to work in all other aspects than the music. I’m very much looking forward to travelling again and getting away for a little while.

Would you say it’s affected your creativity at all – in ways good or bad?
Both! Working on the EP has made me very creative and I’ve learnt a lot about my music and my aesthetic. But there’s also so much more I wish I would have done and many people I wished I could have worked with but wasn’t able to so I guess I’ve been affected in both good and bad ways.

How did you find yourself getting involved in the music world?
I’ve actually always felt like that world is a part of me and growing up was like living with some kind of hole in me that I tried to fill with whatever I could before I started releasing music. Writing the ICON EP was my first real step into that world and I had no idea the impact It would have and how much it would affect me but I am so glad that it found its way into so many people’s lives and has changed mine forever.

What’s been the hardest part of creating COBRAH?
I’ve been very alone in the process, everything from music, artwork, photoshoots etc has just been me and my ideas with a lot of people’s talents and help of course. But there’s never been anyone that I can send the music to and be like “IS THIS TOTAL SHIT OR THE BEST SONG YOU’VE EVER HEARD?” or like “Can you please just put together a look and get all the things needed for the shoot?”. At the end of the day, it’s just me behind the computer that everything comes down to and that can sometimes be a bit lonely and scary.

When you make a song like “BANG” – where do you envisage your fans listening to it?
AT THE CLUB. I’ve never really made music for the pandemic and I’m longing so bad to get back out and party HARD. My second fave spot for listening to this is in the car and of course at the gym!

We’re also HUGE “DIP N DRIP” fans, what did you want to convey with its sexy sci-fi visualiser?
Thank you! The sounds were very new to me but the beat smashed so hard that I felt really powerful listening to it. I wanted to really get into that feeling by making myself into this fighter character in the most fun and sexy way. I’m a big fan of dressing up whether it’s latex, shibari or just your average sexy nun costume, so it was really fun making that concept!

COBRAH New Noise Purple Blue Harness
COBRAH New Noise Purple Blue

Bra dress LOVE IS SHOUTY, blue strap-on harness BROKEN BIRDS

COBRAH New Noise Purple Blue Harness
Bra dress LOVE IS SHOUTY, blue strap-on harness BROKEN BIRDS
COBRAH New Noise Purple Blue

Talk us through the inspiration behind your latest EP?
There was a moment for me after the ICON EP where I realised that ‘OMG, people actually like this!’. It inspired me to write even more about how much I’ve enjoyed the life ICON gave, the touring, meeting new people and finally quitting my part-time job were big inspirations. I also felt like I wasn’t done talking about being the sexually liberated hard-working free queer woman that I am. It gives me a lot of life and confidence to truly internalise that feeling and write about it.

It’s so refreshing to see an artist so undeniably sex-positive in their work, has this always been a motivation for your art or just a natural reflection of you?
It’s a natural reflection of me. I like to play around with sexuality, sex and sexiness because it makes me feel free and self-confident. Not just confident, there’s nothing like truly owning my body and being free to show as much or as little I want. It’s my way of expressing myself without any shame or fear of being judged. It gives me life and I want my fans to feel the same when they take part in my music.

How would you describe your sound?
I usually describe it as alternative club music. I know it’s really vague but I don’t think that there’s any genre out there that I can really identify with.

What are you most excited about doing once the world reopens?
TOURING TOURING AND TOURING. There’s nothing I want to do more than touring my whole life, especially in the US, that’s a big dream for me.

As someone very much in their own lane in the world of hyper pop, have you got any dream collaborators for your next few releases?
I’ve always adored Shygirl and I think we could make a smash together – and Bree Runway is a genius! Even someone punk like Bigklit or Rico Nasty would be really fun to work with.

COBRAH New Noise Corset
COBRAH New Noise Corset
Bra dress LOVE IS SHOUTY, blue strap-on harness BROKEN BIRDS
Words
Bailey Slater
Photography
Ninja Hanna
Styling
Christopher Insulander
Make Up
Ignacio Alonso
NEW NOISE: COBRAH

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