There’s something about Aviino’s music that feels instantly nostalgic. Reflective yet content. Like watching the changing of the seasons and knowing something new will replace the old. With two previous Chillhop projects released in the fall of each year – 2019’s Plush and 2020’s Hologramophone – Aviino continues this tradition with 2021’s Cocoon. A cozy nine song lofi daydream, read below for further insight and info!
“Cocoon is a companion for your post-day wind down, sonically representing the moment you get home from a long day until you close your eyes and enter a restful sleep, and all the peaks and troughs in between.”
Five facts about Cocoon, explained by Aviino
1.) The track ‘Hope Island’ is named after a suburb near where I grew up.
2.) The track ’Nomad’ is inspired by the musicians I met whilst living in Boston. I was living out of a suitcase for a couple of years whilst studying and moving around, so my lifestyle felt semi-nomadic.
3.) In ‘Everything’s Gonna B Ok’ there are a few voice notes tucked in the background at one point, including one from a writing session I had where we struggled at first but wrote an amazing song in the end, and one from a conversation with my immigration lawyer about getting a US visa (which I didn’t end up getting).
I guess those were two moments I’d documented where things seemed to be going pear-shaped but ended up being okay in the end, so I felt they were appropriate.
4.) The mechanical tape noise in the background of “Jasmine” is actually from a Nagra tape recorder. They were used between 1960 and 1990 on television productions but are highly sought after now for their unique sound.
I thought that “Jasmine” could have been on a 70’s TV show or something, it had that kind of vibe, so it was cool to include something subtle in the track that relates to that idea. I don’t actually own a Nagra, but it’s on the wishlist!
5.) A lot of the synth textures were made with modular synths in my studio (Moog Matriarch, Make Noise Strega, Korg Volca Modular). I would spend hours just exploring the bounds of the equipment then take small clips of moments that sounded special in what I’d recorded, and make a song out of that.