Cotillon is the musical pseudonym of Jordan Corso, a singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose music is a low-key but appealing fusion of indie rock, psychedelia, surf guitar, and pop from various eras, all filtered through Corso’s oblique but engaging lyrical sensibilities. The Cotillon story begins when Corso was living in Los Angeles and working an unrewarding office job; Corso had been playing guitar since he was a child, and he started working on songs during his lunch breaks to relieve the monotony. A busted romance gave Corso plenty to write about, and eventually he opted to form a band to perform his new material. Teaming with friend and guitarist Zachary Miller and the rhythm section of Christopher Norman and Michael Madeiros, Corso named the new trio Cotillon, and the group released its first EP, Votive Flower, in the fall of 2012. The EP received enthusiastic reviews from the West Coast indie press, and a second EP, White Roses, appeared in the spring of 2013. Chet “JR” White of the indie pop act Girls was bowled over by the first two EPs from Cotillon, and offered to produce an album for the group. The band booked time at EastWest Studios (formerly Western Recorders, where the Beach Boys cut Pet Sounds), and Corso later traveled to San Francisco to do overdubs and mixing with White at his home studio.
Corso fell in love with San Francisco and relocated to the Bay Area, with a rotating cast of musicians eventually replacing the original Cotillon lineup. Corso struck a deal with California indie label Burger Records, and Cotillon’s self-titled full-length debut album was issued in January 2015.
After the album’s release, Corso moved with his girlfriend to NYC, where he began writing songs for a second album. Working with co-producers Al Carlson (St. Vincent, Wild Nothing) and Quilt’s Shane Butler, Corso went for a more stripped-down sound on The Afternoons, which was released by Modern Sky in this spring. Following the release, the band toured throughout Asia, including performances at Sound of the Xity Beijing, Shanghai’s Strawberry Festival, and Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa 3.