These songs were recorded over the space of a few summer and winter months in Silverlake, Los Angeles, by TOTONOKO (Nika Aila States & Mateo Lugo) and engineer/co-producer Daniel Wright. This was a period of time characterized by long drives, great attention to birdsong, various nights spent on various floors and various bright mornings thereafter, and a good amount of laughter. What resulted is traveling music, bird music, night music, new music, joyful music.
Deeply informed by the inheritance of a world made increasingly smaller (Lugo was born in Venezuela and States spent her childhood in Germany) and by a shared love of both traditional and non-traditional music forms, they cite a wide range of influences, from Neil Young and Nina Simone to Radiohead and Sigur Ros, all the way over to Iannis Xenakis and John Cage. Armed also with a profound appreciation for the words of Woody Guthrie, Octavio Paz, and Marcel Proust, with an eye to the brilliant spectacle of everyday life, they set out to write and perform music which paid careful attention to detail and incorporated a host of vivid sounds collected from the studio and from the streets. Present here are not just their voices, but also the intermittent hiss of a tape-recorder, the chatter both of Venice Beach and Silverlake birds, the hard work of roofers in the canyon, and childhood encounters with the ocean.