Cotillon is the moniker of Jordan Corso, a New York City based artist with ties to both San Francisco and Los Angeles. After the release of his critically acclaimed self-titled debut and extensive touring, Corso sold everything he had but a bag full of clothes and his music gear and boarded a plane for New York. "The time was right for me to make a New York album," Corso says. He wrote everyday relentlessly taking inspiration from French new wave, Japanese literature, uppers, downers, big city culture, and a romantic relationship.
The first person he showed his demos to was Shane Butler of New York via Boston's Quilt, who's work Corso strongly admires. "One of the things I really like about Jordan is that he is caught in this interstice between high-culture & low-culture; between the cleaner aspects of life and the grittier," explains Butler. "I heard both these sides of him in the demos he showed me. Jordan also seemed really into this idea of making a ‘New York' record. As someone who grew up partly in New York City, the prospect of making a ‘New York' record...is a very complicated thing. That concept wrestles with some of the ideas that I saw in Jordan's personality. It is something of the high & the low; the grime & the glitter; the superficial & the genuine."
Butler called his friend Al Carlson (who helped Annie Clarke craft St. Vincent in his parents basement, records and mixes artists such as Onheaotrix Point Never, Wild Nothing, Ariel Pink, and Butler's own Quilt) and booked time at Greenpoint's classic Gary's Electric Studio which Carlson calls home, and together they crafted Cotillon's sophomore effort, The Afternoons. The album also features Jon Nellen (Ginla) on drums and synthesizer and guest piano from John Andrews (Quilt, Woods).