A former Bedroom recording project-turned-live band, Jordan Corso is the singer/songwriter behind LA-based Cotillon. Cotillon’s press release / bio explains that the project was “originally intended to illustrate the difficulty of maintaining relationships in LA in the spirit of the french new wave,” which I find fascinating.
Aurally, “Before” blends the wistful, lo-fi California sound of a group like Kid Wave with the minor chord gloom of The Cure circa 1982’s Pornography. The video, written and directed by Laura-Lynn Petrick, seems to switch between shots of a young lady aboard the Staten Island (or similar) Ferry, and old home movies of Southern California or Florida (some place where they have palm trees) shot on color stock that has now started to turn pale pink and blue, because that is what old color film does. It sets an appropriate mood to accompany the music, which will have special appeal for goths, and people on the verge of nodding out. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Cotillon’s self-titled debut album was released by Burger Records on January 26th, 2015. Enjoy!
OK, this week we offer some easy listening (plus a little eye candy for the guys out there) from Australia-born / London-based based solo artist, ASx. The song’s title, “Obstacle Of My Affection,” grabbed me right away, because the cynic in me loves a good, snarky bit of word play on the traditionally romantic. But what reeled me in is the little keyboard riff that reminds me of the main hook from Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmas Time.” So, there’s that.
Musically, I would describe ASx as Electronic Ambient Pop with dreamy undertones. Visually, I appreciate that she is not trying to do too much beyond setting a mood and holding your interest, which allows you to focus on the song’s gentle yet insistent flow and her lovely vocals. Apparently, in addition to playing all the instruments on this track, she also plays drum in the quartet Kid Wave. Impressive.
Recommended if you like artists such as Portishead and Emilíana Torrini, “Obstacle Of My Affection” is from the CD of the same name, available now on Battle Worldwide Recordings, wherever fine music procured. Enjoy!
The seductive sound of UK-based quartet Kid Wave was described to me as “Johnny Marr hangin’ with The Beach Boys,” which was enough to pique my interest. But it’s lead singer Lea Emmery’s channeling of PJ Harvey and the minor chord melody entwined with Mattias Bhatt’s opiated guitar work that really hits this tune out of the ballpark. The plaintive refrain, “Let’s Go Surifn,” makes “Shelley” the perfect song for the bittersweet end of summer. Recommended if you like The Jesus and Mary Chain, Mazzy Star or The Sundays. Enjoy!