“Night Shift,” the latest track from Hortlax Cobra, the curiously Transformer-esque named alter-ego of Swedish percussionist John Eriksson, began with simple sketches on a children’s Casio keyboard, and the result is a hypnotic synthy drone of a song that careens across the electronic soundscape.
Best known for his work with pop trio Peter Bjorn and John, Eriksson utilizes Hortlax Cobra as a portal into the exploration of electronic and acoustic music styles, creating various aural delights that combine classical contemporary music, lo-fi disco, minimalism, synth-pop, and sound collage.
“Night Shift” (and Hortlax Cobra’s album of the same title) marks Eriksson’s venture into a decidedly simpler approach to music-making. With the added work of Pontus Berghe (Thieves Like Us, Holiday for Strings) on percussion and bass lines, Hortlax Cobra has crafted an auditory journey that leads to a phantasmagoric haze.
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