"The White Pinecone" is the first solo release from George Cochrane, also known as Origami. Indie pop written from an underground dance music point of view that is acoustic, electronic, and disarmingly electric.


George Cochrane grew up in Santa Cruz, California, surrounded by tall trees and the sparkling ocean. His musical journey began in a short-lived high school metal band playing bass, which was quickly abandoned when he moved on to play in a variety of jazz, punk, and funk bands. In 1997 George caught the electronic music bug and passionately threw himself into the world of house music and downtempo.

Under the name “Origami”, George released several well-received house and downtempo records with Andrew Phelan and Cubik, and played countless live shows alongside a variety of acts including Greenskeepers, Meat Beat Manifesto, and Land Shark. However, after years of collaborative electronic music production, George started to miss his days as a solo songwriter. Indie rock had gotten a whole lot more interesting since he’d jettisoned it in the late 90’s; maybe it was time for a rematch.

Shacking up in his San Francisco studio, George began to piece together the bits that would eventually make up The White Pinecone. Armed with finely honed electronic production skills, considerable instrumental ingenuity, and an array of emotions to get off his chest, surprising things began to spark.

Hip-shaking live drums and interlocking guitars turn sweaty numbers like "Click Clack Click" and "Proving Nothing" into late-night burners, while George's vocals coo and purr over an elastic electronic bounce on "Snowed In" and "You Don't Know Me". Sleekly slipping from electro-infused synth pop to shoegaze and disco, The White Pinecone's facets shine brightly with a compellingly gritty edge.


Snowed In

Written By: George Cochrane

Friends fucking friends fucking friend's freaks of last week
Bucking trends bucking trends ducking food and sleep
It never ends, never ends, never do ends meet
We're snowed in, we're snowed in, it's the way to be

Feeling age feeling rage feeing avarice
Taking turns, taking turns looking for the twists
Smiling wide, smile inside, smiling while I dream
Of the door that will take me out of this scene

Take me away from this screen
get me out in the sun
and I promise, I'll remember how to have fun
Get me away from this screen
pull me out in the night
and I promise I'll act like everything is alright

Smash auto crash, auto crash, autoerotique
It's a wreck, it's a wreck, I've just got to see
Eyes are slits, eyes are slits, surveying the sights
Hope against hope that nobody dies tonight

Switching chairs, switching chairs while the music plays
It's alright, it's alright, in this chair I'll stay
It's a crime, yes a crime to be satisfied
And to look on the world with unjaded eyes

Touching Down

Written By: George Cochrane

The kids are up for anything
Shoreditch sidewalk 5am
in the morning Brick Lane beckons
Bangladeshi sweets again

Drinking stellas in the queue
22oz cans like H20
Will the doorman be a gent?
Flash the club cards, in we go

These are times that you cannot repeat
anything goes inside these city streets

We're touching down on Luton
we've got our bags all packed
This time we're taking London
and never coming back

Skipping over tollgates now
narrowly missing reprimand
Subway eyes and dank hangovers
Pasty and a Boddingtons

Sunrise pints in Brixton town
left my mobile in the loo
mushies from the corner store
psychedelic interlude

There's just something here I cannot explain
and I know that I'll never be the same

Still Human

Written By: George Cochrane

We're in quantified world
For every emotion there is an equation
We are just vectors on graphs
If the sums total up it appears that we've made it

The formal system's unflawed
It's an unyeilding pillow
we toss and we turn on
yet we know something is wrong
'cause our gut feeling runs counter to the reported outcome

We're still human
we're still breathing

Gears in the turing machine
can slip as they wear and spit out obfuscation
and the results will be off
but instead of debugging we're doubting our reason

Somewhere in a server room
a fan is locked up and a rack is on fire
reaction team's on its way
and we're scraching our heads as the system expires

The internal databank speaking the truth
while we're giving up and discarding our youth
The drive's corrupt the connection's refused
and without outside stimuli we don't know what to do



George Cochrane - "The White Pinecone" CD - Dinner Party Records (June 2007)


Andrew Phelan & Origami - "The Beat Down" 12" - Prismatic (2007)
Andrew Phelan & Origami ft. Audio Angel - "Funky Shiz" 12" - Prismatic (2007)
Origami & Andrew Phelan - "Beyond the Line" 12" - Eight-Tracks (2007)
Origami & Andrew Phelan - "Dusted Roots Vol 3" 12" - Dusted Roots (2007)
Origami & Andrew Phelan ft. Brown - "Cross the Pond" 12" - Drop Music (2007)
The Fingermonsters - "Cornelius McFang EP" 12" - Monsta (2007)
Origami & Andrew Phelan - "The Purple Drink EP" 12" - Fizzin' (2007)
Origami & Andrew Phelan - "Dusted Roots Vol 2" 12" - Dusted Roots (2006)
Andrew Phelan & Origami - "Dusted Roots Vol 1" 12" - Dusted Roots (2006)
Andrew Phelan & Origami ft. Brown - "We Carry On" 12" - Prismatic (2006)
Brown, Origami & Andrew Phelan - "Don't Ever Stop" 12" - Prismatic (2006)
Origami & Andrew Phelan - "Sampler Vol 1" 12" - So Sound (2006)
Cubik & Origami CD- Wide Hive (2005)
Cubik & Origami EP I - Wide Hive (2005)
Cubik & Origami EP II - Wide Hive (2005)
Sound Navigators - "The Vibe" 12" - Andrew Phelan & Origami remix - Olive Records (2005)
dj2 - "plural" w/ Mazi remix 12" - Pancake (2004)
Insider Traitors - "Need You Tonight" 12" (2004)
dj2 - "another" // "continuum" 12" - newstylesound recordings (2002)
dj2 - "workitout" // "plural" 12"- newstylesound recordings (2001)

Many of these tracks or songs are featured on compilations including offerings by Fabric London, Shanghai Lounge, Journeys By DJ and NYC Lounge. Origami and Andrew Phelan tracks are regularly featured on "The Move", XM radio's premier house music station. Cubik and Origami's 2005 debut found its way onto numerous college radio playlists and remains a favorite to this day on many downtempo/instrumental hip hop shows on FM and streaming radio.

Set List

Some combination of the songs on the record, new material and interludes created on the fly:

My World
Click Clack Click
The Key Is In The Lock
Prime Number
Snowed In
Fervent Fascinations
You Don't Know Me
A Little Bit Crass
Touching Down
Still Human
Come Again Another Day

Generally the set ranges from about 40 minutes to an hour depending on promoter needs.