Illustration by Johnnie Cluney, Recording by Ian Harris, Video By Jake Lyle, Words by Landon Kuhlmann
Cobi is the solo project of Cobi Mike, a musician spawned from the now-defunct Boston band Gentlemen Hall. Now in charge of his own band, Cobi is finding a sound that fits into the modern canon of pop-rock music perfectly. Cobi's songs are a mixture of paying homage to his musical influences and an urge to push music forward, resulting in a progressive, futuristic blues sound. If Daft Punk had ever run into Jimi Hendrix somewhere around town, just walking down the street, they might have talked about Cobi's music. His brand of modern soul music is carved from a clear vision; though the songs have the feeling of classic blues and its improvisational grooves, they're actually delicately structured songs that rely on precise timing and a sense of urgency that pushes the songs forward. In a time when pop music is playing the revivalist and intertwining the ghosts of music past with Korg's and drum machines, Cobi is filling in the spaces others haven't yet been to in full. Some have described the band as having close sonic ties to Hozier, but Cobi draws more from his personal inspirations, like Jimmy Page, than other artists in his genre might think to do. The final song in this session deals with true love that isn't meant to last, something shared among all things living or not: the inevitable end, closure, decay. Cobi's magic is in taking a topic like this and making it something worth rocking out to.
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