Emerging from East London with the combination of artistry, an angelic voice and spiritual soul, we are introduced to the fascinating songstress, Bel Cobain, who has recently released the double single ‘Leader’ and ‘Unsafe House’. Bel has been breaking new ground since her debut single 'Introverted Stoner' placed her on the map in 2019, followed by a collaboration with Lex Amor the following year that established her spot in the scene.
When it comes to music, Bel is encircled with poetry, the debate of societal and political narratives…intertwined with such iconic and mystical inspirations like Pink Floyd, Greentea Peng, Kate Bush, Angie Stone, Erykah Badu and Fela Kuti. We receive these inspirations due to the Afrobeat, Latin and psychedelic vibrations that rise from her music. Bel's 'Leader' is known to have been created at a home studio in an intimate affair in under an hour, with her giving in to the enchantment and letting the words flow freely out of her, earning her recognition from acclaimed musicians such as Lex Amor and Hak Baker.
The mesmerising and jazzy ‘Leader’, allows listeners to feel the vast power of submission as Bel expresses through an empowering and liberating way. The composition of how the instruments such as the piano, trumpet and bass guitar blend together are orchestrated and curated beautifully, and accompany Bel’s voice that has an added depth of raw musicality. The feeling is prominent, spiritual and makes you feel whole, makes you feel warm.
On the surface, ‘Unsafe House’ creates the imagery of an intimate environment; your mind is wandering on a warm evening overseas whilst the trumpet (played by Juan Carlos Montiel) and Bel’s voice serenades the crowd within a cafe. Delving beneath it, the track subtly tackles ancestral trauma and what it means to feel insecure in places you should feel safe.
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