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Hockeysmith’s official video for latest single ‘Hyper Kobra’ is available to watch now. Directed by Eirik Gustavsen, the entire video was shot on Super 16mm Kodak motion picture film. Of the video, Gustavsen says:
“Replicating how Annabel felt during the time of writing ‘Hyper Kobra’ in Burgundy, the video features a mysterious goddess, confined and trapped in the most beautiful of locations. Using the Cornish landscape as the backdrop, the video is about dreaming of breaking free, where movement symbolises freedom and empowerment.”
‘Hyper Kobra’ is the first track to be released from a series of sessions with Ed Banger producer Borussia, recorded in Paris during lockdown. More music will follow from these sessions in due course.
Hockeysmith wrote the song during a time of isolation and reflects on the craving for human touch and connection, learning from past mistakes, fantasy and thoughts of being a woman in a post-Covid world.
Hockeysmith says: “The lyrics are fresh about my feelings during confinement. I was inspired by people like the writer Ali Smith: it’s current – it’s political – the virus is a poignant theme at the heart of the song. Cobras are thought to be one of the deadliest and the most magical members of the snake family. They represent many things besides danger, venom, death and malice: Cobras are also seen as graceful, elegant and fast. The Cobra sways in response to the movement and music of the charmer, who knows how to avoid the relatively slow strike.”
Of the song’s ever-changing vocal style, producer Borussia says: “There are so many vocal gimmicks in this song – and they only happen once”. The musical references include 90s eurodance hits, as well as Usher & Alicia Keys’ R&B gem ‘My Boo’, with breathy vocal nods to Cocteau Twins’ Elizabeth Fraser.
Initially formed as the teenage project of sisters Annabel and Georgie,
Hockeysmith is now a largely solo project by Annabel Hockeysmith, who resides in her static Winnebago in Cornwall. Immersed within the underground post-rave scene of the west country, Hockeysmith have released various singles and EPs including ‘Tears At My Age’, which The FADER said “bewitches with a hypnotic mix of R&B vocals and the dream-like state created by classic Cocteau Twins material.” Aphex Twin has endorsed and supported Hockeysmith throughout their musical career to date.
‘Hyper Kobra’ is out now on Hockeysmith’s own label ‘EEL’.