Cornelius is the brainchild of Japanese multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada. Performing music since his teens, Oyamada created his creative alter-ego (the name is an homage to the Planet of the Apes), in the early 1990’s from the ashes of his previous project, Flipper’s Guitar.
With the 1997 release of ‘Fantasma,’ Cornelius gained international recognition for his cut and paste style reminiscent of American counterparts Beck and The Beastie Boys. Being called a “modern day Brian Wilson” for his orchestral-style arrangements and production techniques.
‘Fantasma’ was his creative and commercial breakthrough, a kaleidoscopic, genre-hopping joy ride through contemporary musical history that became Cornelius first American release when it was reissued by Matador a year later. Cornelius subsequently became one of the most sought after producer/remixers in the world, working with artists ranging from Blur, Beck, Bloc Party, and MGMT, to James Brown.
Since his last tour date in the US, Cornelius has recorded music for Edgar Wright’s ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,’ scored the anime mega-film Ghost in the Shell Arise, performed as the backbone of Yoko Onos reformed Plastic Ono Band, played the Hollywood Bowl with Yellow Magic Orchestra, and co-wrote and produced the Japanese artist. SalyuXSalyu.
Long out of print, Lefse Records will reissue ‘Fantasma’ on June 10, 2016 in a limited edition, remastered, deluxe 2xLP gatefold vinyl, complete with bonus tracks and it will be released digitally via Post Modern.
Live tour date
August 12-13 Eaux Claires Festival – Eau Claire, WI [tickets]
2X LP track listing
THE MICRO DISNEYCAL WORLD TOUR
NEW MUSIC MACHINE
COUNT FIVE OR SIX
STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER
CHAPTER 8 (SEASHORE AND HORIZON)
GOD ONLY KNOWS
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
SIDE D (Bonus Tracks)
BALL IN KICK OFF
Pre-order ‘Fantasma’ here:
cornelius.storenvy.com/collections/1282332-fantasma-remastered or tinyurl.com/LefseFantasma
For more information on Cornelius, visit corneliusjapan.com.