In celebration of the release of the deluxe, 2xLP remastered reissue of his groundbreaking album ‘Fantasma,’ Cornelius has shared the original Mic Check video from the album’s original 1997 release and shares bonus track, Taylor. The ‘Fantasma’ reissue is out now via Lefse/Postmodern. Watch Mic Check via YouTube and listen to Taylor via Soundcloud below.
Cornelius is the creative 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 Wrights 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 remastered, deluxe 2xLP gatefold vinyl, complete with bonus tracks and it will be released digitally by Post Modern.
‘Fantasma’ on Spotify: open.spotify.com/album/2Fwm0gzlFbrvYjEyzgaDlT
2X LP Track listing:
THE MICRO DISNEYCAL WORLD TOUR
NEW MUSIC MACHINE
COUNT FIVE OR SIX
STAR FRUIT SURF RIDER
CHAPTER 8 (SEASHORE AND HORIZON)
GOD ONLY KNOWS
THANK YOU FOR THE MUSIC
SIDE D (Bonus Tracks)
BALL IN KICK OFF
This September, Cornelius will embark on his first US tour dates in over eight years, performing the album at Eaux Claires Festival as well as performances in Oakland, Los Angeles, Tucson, Denver and Chicago. All tour dates listed below.
Cornelius tour dates:
8/4 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
8/6 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theater
8/8 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
8/10 Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
8/12 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Festival
8/13 Chicago, IL – Park West
For more information on Cornelius, visit corneliusjapan.com.