Borracho Corazon picked as a top ten Madison album of 2012.
-Scott Gordon, The Isthmus
Eric Caldera’s instrumental post-rock band El Valiente has garnered him the most attention in Madison, but his quieter solo project, Oedipus Tex, has been around much longer. Besides that, it gives Caldera a chance to write lyrics and sing, which winds up being the focus on his new release, Borracho Corazon. Not to say that his intricate finger-picking style doesn’t initially pull listeners in, but it’s Caldera’s cracking voice that engrains songs like “Leave Room” with a sense of loneliness and makes you jump a bit when he delivers lines like “I’m coming out your fucking stereo” on “Yonder.” Though, it’s his friends and bandmates who lift the last track, “Firefly,” to its breathtakingly rocking close.
-The Onion/AV Club
When Eric Caldera of instrumental-rock trio El Valiente introduced his singer-songwriter project Oedipus Tex to Madison a few years back, his vocals and overall presence felt strangled in shyness. Borracho Corazon has confidence and depth that balances out the cryptic anxiety: On opener "Leave Room," he sings, in a near-whisper, "between the knick-knacks in your tomb/there ain't a space to fucking move." "Funny Thing" and "El Corazon" show how well Caldera's flickery way with a guitar melody can translate to a sparse acoustic setting. But he just as often expands on the songs with warm electric guitar and with guests, including Monica Martin of whimsical indie band Phox, who sings a wry duet with Caldera on "In Plaid."
released July 11, 2012
Featuring Karl Christenson (Cribshitter and Icarus Himself), Monica Martin (PHOX), Joe Bernstein (El Valiente & The Kissers), Kris Hansen (El Valiente).
Recorded by Karl at Sound Silo, and Kris at Leyden Jar. Mastered by Landon Arkens at Blasthouse, Madison WI.