By design, Jeff "Horti" Hortillosa's Corpus Callosum doesn't rest within one genre. Foretold by the title of his solo disc, the Whiskey Shivers guitarist invites listeners into his brain, and bluegrass ain't on it. Instead, there's a mélange of lush, beachy guitar licks ("Falling Down"), a cabaret ditty led by jazz clarinet ("You Can't Make Me Pie"), and a tropicalia ode ("Beer and Condoms") whose whistled melody sticks. Country roots also shine through the floorboards. "Pretty and Stupid" features blooming pedal steel and loping fiddle, and "Girls Named Katie & Girls Named Lynn" is a tongue-in-cheek two-stepper. Horti's tour de cranium doesn't follow any rules, but we're ready for another visit.
-The Austin Chronicle
It goes like this:
Jeff "Horti" Hortillosa, is an eloquent lyricist, a badass guitarist, and an unpredictably comedic live performer. One of Austin's most well-rounded musicians, Horti sings with a timeless voice thats jazzy, bluegrass, and grungy all at once. Horti is well traveled and eclectic, and his songs reflect this; with lyrics ranging from fluffy to heavy, hopeful to nihilistic, told through the lens of ambiguous characters in colorful landscapes. Humorous, poetic, and often strange, he captures the fractured snippets of the human experience and glue them back down into a collage that exists in the past present and future.
The self-produced Corpus Callosum is full of catchy melodies and crunchy riffs. The record varies wildly from song to song. Each track is created with a distinctly unqiue flavor. From Bossa Nova to Indie Rock, Swing Jazz to Honky-Tonk, Americana to surfy pop rock...Corpus Callosun record goes beyond the limitations of any easily defined genre. Joining him are a handful of Austin's finest, Kris Wade (co-producer, engineer) on electric bass, James Gwyn on drums, Micah Motenko on keys, along with a handful more. From start to finish, it's designed to be experienced as if walking through a gallery, a museum, a theme park, a city tour, a steady journey through vignettes.
"Welcome to the brain of our weird, and wily friend, Horti..."
Produced by: Jeff Hortillosa
Head Engineer, co-producer: Kristopher Lee Wade
Recorded at: 6 String Ranch, Austin TX, 2017
Music, lyrics, and arrangement by: Jeff Hortillosa
Mastered by Nick Landis at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Inc. Austin, TX
Album art by Jessica Pisani
BASS: Kristopher Lee Wade
DRUMS: James Gwyn
KEYS: "Magic" Micah Motenko
FIDDLE (Pretty and Stupid): Eddie Dickerson
PEDAL STEEL (Pretty and Stupid): Sam Kosler
CLARINET (You Can't Make me Pie): "Daddy" Neil Motenko
BEER AND CONDOMS (ADDITIONAL VOCALS): Hannah Moore, Luke Klima, Jessica Klima, Daddy Motenko, Sam Kosler, Magic Micah, James Gwyn, Kris Wade
EVERYONE SUCKS (Ooo's and Aaaah's) - Ann Wade, Meredith Kimbrough, Bethany Galloway
SCIENCE: Sophia Johnson
ART the character: Bethany Galloway
THE MINIONS OF INFINITE LOYALTY:
ARROGANCE - Eric Witthans, ENTITLEMENT -Kris Wade, IRONIC.DETACHMENT - Magic Micah
"Thanks to all my family, my friends, Hannah my sweet, los Whiskey Shiveros, P. Cass n Crew, and all the hard working singer songwritin drum playin guitar riffin bass slappin key mashin synth paddin rappin shoutin harmonizin orchestral badasses in the town of AUSTIN TEXAS and all over the world. Shoutout to all the live engineers, producers, and studio engineers who took my questions seriously, and answered them honestly (big dabs for #Frenchie and #Sean). RIP Mitchell, Jay, and Porter. Miss ya every day boys, you'll never be forgotten."