Photography by Laura Lynn Petrick©
If I were to live in America, I would live in San Francisco. It’s the most European of all American cities. The environment is fresh, it’s forward thinking, it’s diverse and most of all the music is always 10 years ahead of its time. So it only makes sense that Cotillon recorded their first album in San Francisco, an album which truly catches the feel of the city by the bay. Third Outing caught up with Jordan Corso, the mastermind behind Cotillon, who proves that a city is only as good as the bands that play in it.
Everything seems to be flying for Jordan Corso at the moment. A few months ago he was recording songs on his iphone at lunch-breaks. Now, between recording sessions with Chet JR White, former bassist in Girls, Jordan is working on Cotillon's second record. Working with such established musicians and producers have excelled Cotillon to the forefront of the American indie scene.
'In my initial conversations with JR I sent him about 40 or so songs and he picked 12 that were all across the map. This record could have been more cohesive and some of my favourite songs were not recorded. I never questioned anything and was committed to doing whatever he thought was best, Cotillon is the product of that relationship'.
Cotillon's first eponymous album is a collection of musical genres and various experiments which combine into one brilliant pop album. The concept is that there is no concept. The album does not follow a storyline, instead each song reflects a different time, state of mind and/or experience. The result is that each song is a little universe of its own. That’s what I like about the album. It allows the opportunity to show different sides of Jordan's musical talent. From the Sonic Youth-esque Asteroid, the Foxygen I Should Have Known Better, the Girls influenced Call Me Up, the beautiful Left Bank or the simplistic Exempt; the record's strength lies within its diversity.
'For me, Asteroid is about how simple life cravings can be very complicated to satisfy. Exempt is a song about freeing yourself from a toxic relationship. I think songs should be about whatever you think they are about, though. When I listen to music I try and relate to it'.
Cotillon's first record allowed the band to get the recognition they deserve. Now Jordan is ready for the next chapter and the second album is clearly going to excite as much as the first. He has clearly gained more confidence with the reception the album has received, and with LP2 on its way the band are well and truly flying.
'I spent all of last week with my bass player/engineer Bret Leinen in a cabin in Big Bear lake demo tracking it. There are 10 songs that I'm very proud of, it's given me a lot of confidence knowing that I can do better than the first record, something I was unsure of'.