Today, Cornelius is sharing his new video for for “Sometime/Someplace” from Mellow Waves, the first new album from Cornelius in over 11 years. The video was directed by Yugo Nakamura. On Sometime/Someplace, Cornelius delves into the world of bossa nova, but with his Shibuya flare. As the song builds, synth bass bleats and guitars squeal, we’re reminded that this is not music from Ipanema, this was born of Tokyo.
Cornelius is AKA: Keigo Oyamada, has been performing 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 recognition for his cut and paste style reminiscent of American counterparts Beck and The Beastie Boys and was released internationally by Matador Records. Cornelius 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 around 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.
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 Ono’s reformed Plastic Ono Band, played the Hollywood Bowl with Yellow Magic Orchestra, and co-wrote and produced the Japanese artist salyu x salyu.
1. If You’re 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
Cornelius Tour Dates
July 11/12 – Liquid Room – Tokyo
July 29 – Fuji Rock Festival – Naeba Ski Resort