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Hortax Cobra, 1984
Ingrid Records

12/20/12
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



12/20/2012 - Hortax Cobra is the alias of John Eriksson, drummer for Swedish glitch-pop band Peter Bjorn and John, whose Postal Service-worship hasn’t resulted in massive fame, but enough to encourage this guy to throw together this record, said to be a prequel to his “legitimate” first album, to be out in 2013, if I’m reading this correctly, not that I care if I am. And that’s because Eriksson doesn’t care all that much about me, either, or you, for that matter, just his own need to release this anti-ode to the Van Halen LP of the same title. Minimalist Kraftwerkian techno isn’t everybody’s bag, but if it’s yours, you may or may not be impressed with these (mostly instrumental) doodles, their only real relation to “Panama,” “Jump” and all those songs being the tempos and song lengths. “Hot For Teacher” builds around an Animal Collective fractal that’s surely tasty, but the record’s main thrust is claptrap lo-fi mixtures that Fujiya & Miyagi would erase from the hard drive, which they would then burn so their girlfriends would never catch wind of it. Honest, it’s that important. B- 





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