Electro-R&B artist Cool Girl Island, aka Coco Lin, introduces her new single, “do not disturb” (airplane mode), a deliciously laid-back song, showcasing Cool Girl Island’s bewitching voice.
Cool Girl Island explains, “I wrote the song during the end of covid. Despite finally having “permission” to leave my house, I found myself wanting to stay in and craving my own company. The music I wrote became my melodic journal diary. Sometimes I would surprise myself when I listen back to the lyrics I wrote because I’m quite a private person. To be completely honest, I don’t remember the writing process of this song and there’s no deeper meaning to the lyrics, but depending on the mood I am in, I relate to my song very differently. Most days it’s a feel-good, self-love kind of song, other days it makes me strangely sad… There are also days when it’s just a white noise song I play in the background. I have a tendency to block out the world and get stuck in an endless daydream.”
She continues, “I do get a lot of complaints from friends regarding how my phone is always on ‘do not disturb.’”
A natural musical talent, sans formal musical training, Cool Girl Island finds herself humming melodies and rhythms. Her songwriting process is as laid-back as the music she produces.
Cool Girl Island shares, “I was given this synth instrumental and I just kept doing vocal improvs and went back to listen to all the takes and kept what I liked. I never force my lyrics and let them come naturally when they do. I like creating stories with my words. My favorite time to write is during my weekly baths. It’s always best to be in a relaxed state of mind and comfortable space.”
“do not disturb” (airplane mode) opens on soft, gleaming tones topped by emerging, whispering vocals. As the calming, thumping beat enters, the tune reveals shimmering leitmotifs juxtaposed by a reverberating bassline.
Cool Girl Island’s crème de la crème voice, sighing with nuanced timbres, imbues the lyrics with luscious, longing surfaces.
Riding chill washes of sound, highlighted by the voluptuous voice of Cool Girl Island, “do not disturb” (airplane mode) mesmerizes listeners.