Cornelius has shared the new video for In A Dream, which is lifted from ‘Mellow Waves’, the first new album from Cornelius in over 11 years. The video was directed by Groovisions. Watch it below via YouTube.
‘Mellow Waves’ track list
(out tomorrow (July 21, 2017) via Rostrum Records)
1. If Youre Here
2. Sometime / Someplace
3. Dear Future Person
4. Surfing on Mind Wave pt 2
5. In a Dream
6. Helix / Spiral
7. Mellow Yellow Feel
8. The Spell of a Vanishing Loveliness
9. The Rain Song
July 11/12 – Liquid Room – Tokyo
July 29 – Fuji Rock Festival – Naeba Ski Resort
For the uninitiated, Cornelius is the brainchild of Japanese multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada. A performing musician since his teens, Oyamada created his creative alter ego (the name is an homage to the Planet of the Apes) in the early 1990s 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 and was released internationally by Matador Records. Being called a “modern day Brian Wilson” for his orchestral-style arrangements and production techniques, Cornelius subsequently became one of the most sought after producer/remixers in the world, working with a wide range of artists including Blur, Beck, Bloc Party, MGMT, and James Brown.
With 2002’s ‘Point,’ Cornelius’ music took a quantum shift, going from sampling “found sounds” to looping organic elements and creating lush soundscapes. Using water drops as the rhythmic backbone of “Drop” on his vocoder-infused cover of “Brazil,” the album dazed and amazed fans and set the path for the next phase of his career.
2007 brought this philosophy to an even higher level with the release of Sensuous. Cornelius’ live shows are known round the world for spectacular visuals (all perfectly synchronized to the performance), custom lighting that doesn’t simply augment the performance, but becomes another instrument within it, and a full band of equally talented and diverse players.
The companion piece to the album, ‘Sensurround + B Sides,’ earned the nomination for “Best Surround Sound Album” at the 2009 GRAMMY Awards.
The summer of 2016 saw the release of ‘Fantasma (Remastered)’ via Lefse Records. The package, a 2LP reissue of his classic album, also included 4 additional outtakes and earned Pitchfork’s “Best New Reissue.”
Cornelius 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 salyu x salyu.
For more information on Cornelius, visit corneliusjapan.com.