Last autumn, John Eriksson was a bit of an empty shell. With numbness in the body and crystals in his ears he had all the possible symptoms of someone who really should slow down.
After endless tours and seven studio-albums with Peter Bjorn and John, drumming and collaborating with the likes of Lykke Li, Chrissie Hynde and Wild Nothing, and ten years of hard work with his own Hortlax Cobra, John faced the fact that he physically might not be able to create music again. A horrific scenario to say the least, and for a long time he sat completely still in a dark soundproofed room.
But out of hopelessness, new music eventually emerged and the hum in his head was transformed into a kind of battle hymn and a way back. In a way a natural continuation of the previous album from 2017, with guest appearances from Ane Brun, Beatrice Elie, Jennie Abrahamsson and Noonie Bao.
Parked Life is electronic swamp blues made totally without electronics with a scent of pine needles from the North, Electro-Harmonix vocoder and call-and-response choirs mixed together. Either the last thing you hear from Hortlax Cobra or the start of a new chapter.
Here is what critics have had to say about “Parked Life” by Hortlax Cobra:
“Hortlax Cobra’s fervently sensual, playfully lascivious new single ‘Light as a Feather’ (released, of course, on INGRID) opens with a wicked Teutonic-industrial groove, then lays on some dreamy atmospherics and the soulful, come hither vocal stylings of Swede superstar Beatrice Elie.” – BlackBook
“His video for ‘Viva Le Difference,’ a song off of his recently debuted album NightShift, exposes this fantastical side to Eriksson’s dance music, as his shining, scaly metal cobra alter-ego turns ventriloquist and has his puppet sing the lead vocals.” – Rolling Stone Magazine
Peter, Bjorn and John’s third wheel channels M83 via DFA, with taut hooks, winsome synths and dubious rhymes.” -SPIN
“Eriksson (one third of Peter Bjorn and John) enlists the considerable vocal talents of Ane Brun for ‘I’m Still Here,’ a glimmering pop song that is still tinged with a dark edge thanks to the lyrics.” – Pigeons & Planes