Cotillon’s sophomore LP, The Afternoons, is out today via Burger Records (cassette) & Modern Sky Entertainment (digital & LP.) Co-produced by Al Carlson (St. Vincent, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink) and Shane Butler (Quilt), it’s Cotillon’s “New York” album, written in a small NYC apartment and drawing inspiration from big city culture, French new wave, Japanese literature, uppers, downers, and a romantic relationship.
The Afternoons comes as a follow up to Cotillon’s 2015 S/T debut, which was written & recorded in San Francisco under the guidance of Chet “JR” White. After releasing the album on Burger Records & touring the US, Corso decided that it was time to make his “New York” album, and boarded a plane for NYC. He moved into a small apartment and began writing every day, amassing a collection of demos that he would share with Quilt’s Shane Butler. Having grown up partly in NYC, Butler recognized a dichotomy in Corso’s music that perfectly represented the city, and also acted as a metaphor for the songwriter himself: it contrasted the high and the low, the grime and the glitter, the superficial and the genuine.
The Afternoons was recorded over the span of a summer at Greenpoint’s classic Gary’s Electric Studio, and features Jon Nellen (Ginla) on drums & synthesizer and guest piano from John Andrews (Quilt, Woods.)
Cotillon is currently wrapping up a West Coast tour with The Relationship (ft. Weezer’s Brian Bell) before heading overseas — see below for all upcoming dates.
Cotillon on Tour:
* w/ The Relationship
4/21: Portland, OR @ Analog Lounge*
4/22: Seattle, WA @ The Funhouse*
4/27: Beijing, China @ Sound of the Xity showcase (afternoon)
4/29: Beijing, China @ Strawberry Festival
4/30: Shanghai, China @ Strawberry Festival
5/3: Taiwan @ Spring Wave Festival
5/6: Matsumoto, Japan @ TBD
5/7: Sendai, Japan @ FAM
5/9: Tokyo, Japan @ X Girl
5/10: Tokyo, Japan @ Shimokitizawa Three
The Afternoons Track Listing:
2. Promises 1
3. Promises 2
4. I Like People
5. Black Sea
7. Alex’s Room
8. 10 Dish Set
10. Staying In