Cornelius - Mellow Waves (2017)

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First new album under his own name in 11 years, I guess that's worth its own thread. Two 7" singles to be released, one yesterday, one on 5/24. Album on 6/28.

Other details are pretty sparse right now. Anyone heard the single?

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 11:34 (six months ago) Permalink

fuuuuuuuuck yes to this news. haven't heard the single yet but stoked.

People like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 27 April 2017 12:28 (six months ago) Permalink

Anyone have a rip?? I'm desperate.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:26 (six months ago) Permalink

Here's a teaser bit from him

https://twitter.com/corneliusjapan/status/857084816076017664

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:32 (six months ago) Permalink

(And someone remind me again why Twitter links aren't working here anymore.)

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:32 (six months ago) Permalink

remove the 's'

i think

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:34 (six months ago) Permalink

single is out in Japan, haven't heard it yet, colored me hyped

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:47 (six months ago) Permalink

http://sp.wmg.jp/cornelius/

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:49 (six months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/QudDKHR.jpg

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:53 (six months ago) Permalink

Seems it's only available on 7", eh. I can't find a digital link anywhere.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:55 (six months ago) Permalink

art direction is really cool so far

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:56 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTTNRE2jOd1/

It's weird not getting instant gratification these days, but at least I know it exists.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 18:01 (six months ago) Permalink

https://twitter.com/PCTC259/status/857604611879784448

A little warmer.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 18:12 (six months ago) Permalink

I ordered this from cdjapan this morning w/o the preview, already know I want it and have been in a big mailorder phase anyhow

People like Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr, and (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:00 (six months ago) Permalink

Apparently will be available via Warners Dist. in North America sooner or later, my local vendor told me. He also said the Cornelius/Penguin Cafe Orchestra RSD disc sold out in five mins. Bah.

everything, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:19 (six months ago) Permalink

would be surprising if iTunes and/or Amazon MP3 don't get it

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:22 (six months ago) Permalink

I want that single so bad!

everything, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:42 (six months ago) Permalink

ME TOO.

I really wanna know what his new sound is, if he has one.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:54 (six months ago) Permalink

http://sp.wmg.jp/cornelius/ is awesome

Karl Malone, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:55 (six months ago) Permalink

The stuff he's done since Sensuous hasn't sounded notably different but I wouldn't surprised if he had something up his sleeve for this one. There must be some reason why he's putting out a new album after this long.

The good news is that the three songs he wrote for Metafive - "Don't Move", "Split Spirit", and "Chemical", are all incredible. He's definitely still on his game.

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:05 (six months ago) Permalink

I really wouldn't mind if it sounded like a continuation of Point & Sensuous, but I feel the same way. The album art is also drastically different.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 20:06 (six months ago) Permalink

Have any of you heard it yet/

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 28 April 2017 16:21 (six months ago) Permalink

wish Matador would reissue Point on vinyl

sleeve, Friday, 28 April 2017 16:24 (six months ago) Permalink

he hasn't been doing stuff under his own name (excepting that weird NHK DESIGN AH thing a couple years back) but he's definitely been busy in the music scene. i really like the salyu x salyu stuff i've heard.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Friday, 28 April 2017 17:02 (six months ago) Permalink

there's also Constellations of Music, which is basically CM5 but does contain a few original tracks on it (including two by salyu x salyu, one of which is a great cover of "Hammond Song"), plus a song that he did with The Bird and the Bee which sorta fell through the cracks. worth checking out I suppose.

still think "Split Spirit" is my favorite thing he's done in the last decade

frogbs, Friday, 28 April 2017 18:57 (six months ago) Permalink

Oh wow, I had no idea he did Design - Ah! Very familiar with that

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 20:01 (six months ago) Permalink

is there a way to order the new album in vinyl in English?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 21:34 (six months ago) Permalink

Design was really cool. i really enjoy the animations they have with his music. it felt very much in the spirit of the Sensuous videos.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 21:36 (six months ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/bC69ycR.jpg

no luck on ebay

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:11 (six months ago) Permalink

both records are sold out on CD Japan. i can't believe i didn't buy it earlier.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:22 (six months ago) Permalink

Adam yes, did you go to the show in Tokyo?

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 22:24 (six months ago) Permalink

no i wish. i have never been to Japan. one day...

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:25 (six months ago) Permalink

http://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=15&v=qjN4p9I4JHQ

she is from Buffalo Daughter

anything new from Takako Minekawa?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:48 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjN4p9I4JHQ

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:49 (six months ago) Permalink

So, uh, has this surfaced yet? The single.

anything new from Takako Minekawa?

Yeah. Another new one with Takako Minekawa.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:37 (six months ago) Permalink

DAMN... I mean another one with Dustin Wong. It's wonderful.

https://thrilljockey.com/products/are-euphoria

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 4 May 2017 18:38 (six months ago) Permalink

It's killing me that I can't hear this. I can't fathom its absence form the net.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 5 May 2017 15:59 (six months ago) Permalink

hahaha me too. I just want to hear a minute of it, to know what the sound is like :P I guess the fact that it's a 7" limited to 500 copies which (I imagine) sold almost exclusively in Japan will do it.

frogbs, Friday, 5 May 2017 16:05 (six months ago) Permalink

alas, where is What.CD when you need it ?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 5 May 2017 16:05 (six months ago) Permalink

I resorted to translating a couple reviews on Amazon.co.jp, but the translations are incomprehensible, though seem positive.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:41 (six months ago) Permalink

it literally doesn't exist online as sound clip?

dylannn, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:45 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.instagram.com/p/BTqcB6WAqyq/

dylannn, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:58 (six months ago) Permalink

hero!

Sounds promising

calstars, Friday, 5 May 2017 19:09 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah. mellow. and wavey!

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 5 May 2017 19:10 (six months ago) Permalink

oh yeah. yummy. gimme that tremelo!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 5 May 2017 20:09 (six months ago) Permalink

dylannn <3 this is sounding lovely.

On Some Faraday Beach (Le Bateau Ivre), Saturday, 6 May 2017 20:11 (six months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wr5f6hpYxmE

definitely sounds like the album title

ufo, Friday, 12 May 2017 03:40 (six months ago) Permalink

pretty cool. not mindblowing but i like.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 12:53 (six months ago) Permalink

as much as I like the stuff he's done since Point I do think it comes off sometimes like a collection of parts. those same parts are in this track of course - it really does seem like it uses "Fit Song" as sort of a launch point - but this definitely feels like a completed song. I've listened to it four times now and it's really growing on me.

frogbs, Friday, 12 May 2017 15:34 (six months ago) Permalink

It's much more grounded in the song than an exercise, which "Fit Song" feels like. Think his time with MetaFive helped him out.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 12 May 2017 15:36 (six months ago) Permalink

yeah there's a real song with a climax to it, more than just a nice intricate groove bit like a lot of Point and Sensuous was.

it feels closer to the salyu x salyu album than either of those actually

ufo, Friday, 12 May 2017 15:47 (six months ago) Permalink

maybe I'm just wildly speculating but I'm guessing his recent divorce is gonna factor into the sound here

frogbs, Friday, 12 May 2017 16:39 (six months ago) Permalink

Is anyone getting a faint trace of Hosono from this or am I projecting?

MaresNest, Friday, 12 May 2017 18:31 (six months ago) Permalink

i have been listening to Miharu Koshi's "Parallelism" a lot these days and imo Cornelius's Fantasma-and-posts works are super influenced by that stuff. baroque robotic pop with lots of cool percussion, things zipping by, drum-and-bass influences, etc.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 18:39 (six months ago) Permalink

that album was produced by Hosono in 1984 and i highly recommend for fans of Cornelius. "Toubousha" sounds a lot like "Clash".

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 18:42 (six months ago) Permalink

it does sound like something on Medicine Compilation. now I hear it.

frogbs, Friday, 12 May 2017 18:44 (six months ago) Permalink

loving this more an more, both msic and video. i love the calligraphy oscilloscope, that painting that starts waving and extruding and turning 3D, the elements drifting and clipping in and out of reality.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 13 May 2017 02:00 (six months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Another track released, along with another awesome video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zi4yYCL2reU&feature=youtu.be

this track definitely feels like it could fit in with Metafive, I dig it

frogbs, Friday, 9 June 2017 17:01 (five months ago) Permalink

that's great. the solo is crazy awesome.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 9 June 2017 19:45 (five months ago) Permalink

That's much more like it.

The embed isn't working for me, so here's a link in case others having similar problems: https://youtu.be/Zi4yYCL2reU

Jeff W, Friday, 9 June 2017 19:55 (five months ago) Permalink

Momentary derail. How do we feel about the most recent Shugo Tokomaru record? Both artists make good companions I feel..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOiJomOkaVA

MaresNest, Friday, 9 June 2017 20:20 (five months ago) Permalink

I admit most Cornelius I've heard I'm quite indifferent towards except for Fantasma and Point, which I really love, and I'm really impressed by what he's released from the new one so far. I reckon this is going to be great.

And I'm a big fan of Shugo Tokumaru; he's reliably good but that last one didn't end up being one of my favourites of his.

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 9 June 2017 21:47 (five months ago) Permalink

http://www.ebay.com/itm/CORNELIUS-96-69-OYAMADA-KEIGO-2-LP-Vinyl-JAPAN-TRATTORIA-MENU-97-PSJR-9114-15-/252994513689

tempted. if it was 69/96 i'd get it in a heartbeat

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:46 (four months ago) Permalink

So this is supposedly out today?

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 16:47 (four months ago) Permalink

i went on the website and there was a new video but i couldn't watch it in my country =(

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 28 June 2017 17:03 (four months ago) Permalink

uh so apparently the US date is now 7/21/17? wtf

frogbs, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:02 (four months ago) Permalink

It's out in Japan, but I'm guessing they're not big on digital releases (?).

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:02 (four months ago) Permalink

https://www.amazon.co.jp/Mellow-Waves-CORNELIUS/dp/B0723H9FKT

Don't think it's possible to buy w/o a Japanese account, though. I used to be able to buy stuff off International Amazon pages. :(

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 18:04 (four months ago) Permalink

30 bucks on US amazon by third-party sellers. I'm going to hold out for a little bit.

skip, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:09 (four months ago) Permalink

I understand that Japanese artists/labels are reluctant to fully embrace digital sales since that's one of the few places that people still buy CDs in significant number, but I wish the distribution for a lot of stuff was better, at least for artists like Cornelius who have a profile in the West.

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 28 June 2017 19:35 (four months ago) Permalink

if the stream i received today has correct info, it'll be available here on july 21

maura, Thursday, 29 June 2017 00:53 (four months ago) Permalink

:O

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 29 June 2017 01:04 (four months ago) Permalink

It's now floating around the interwebs...

skip, Thursday, 29 June 2017 04:23 (four months ago) Permalink

There are some jammy tracks but on the whole the album is a little too slow and ambient for my taste.

I'm sure others will like it a lot though.

skip, Thursday, 29 June 2017 05:31 (four months ago) Permalink

It doesn't sound anything like the the previous albums, so I'm pretty excited about it. Now I just need to acquaint myself with it a little more.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 29 June 2017 15:46 (four months ago) Permalink

on listen two now. its pretty cool. at first all the songs sounded the same. now it feels more like waves of sound.

what is that note he always uses w the repeater? that echoey clipped guitar that always leads into a bossa nova? is that a dotted fourth?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 30 June 2017 00:25 (four months ago) Permalink

it is mellow af

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 30 June 2017 00:26 (four months ago) Permalink

on listen two as well. its cool how you can pick out so many sounds that were on the last three albums, but the compositions here are a lot different. not sure what the highlights or duds are, I kinda like the whole thing. in fact my main complaint about the album is that it isn't longer - it sounds so good I don't want it to end. it also occurs to me that this is the first Cornelius album without anything explicitly gimmicky on it, maybe "Helix/Spiral" but that's it.

frogbs, Friday, 30 June 2017 03:05 (four months ago) Permalink

anyway first impression is that this is not quite as great as Fantasma or Point but probably better than everything else he's done, which is about what I expected

frogbs, Friday, 30 June 2017 03:08 (four months ago) Permalink

Some of the end of "If You're Here" makes me think of Fripp/Summers. (Possibly a useless observation since it has little to do with the overall song.)

Louie Ramirez y Sus Blechs (_Rudipherous_), Friday, 30 June 2017 03:30 (four months ago) Permalink

The Rain Song is so great! so prog. folk picking acoustic guitar + buzzing synth drones. really love Surfing on a Mind Wave, Pt. 2 as well

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 30 June 2017 04:54 (four months ago) Permalink

the last track is the one I've been listening on repeat. pretty stunning in a low-key sort of way

definitely think this is a grower

frogbs, Friday, 30 June 2017 13:11 (four months ago) Permalink

"The Spell of a Vanishing Loveliness" took me aback at first, but he pulls it off. Who's singing with him?

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 30 June 2017 13:32 (four months ago) Permalink

that's Miki from Lush

ufo, Friday, 30 June 2017 15:30 (four months ago) Permalink

^i was just thinking about the words while listening this morning. someone upthread mentioned his divorce and this feels like a break up song. "my life/my child/this is now everything I am/still that's not enough". really love the pause after this line into "That was yesterday". time moves on. he gets by w a little help from his friends.

this record definitely has a melancholy feeling at times but it's not off-putting at all. more than any other Cornelius album this is a collection of songs rather than styles or sounds.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 1 July 2017 16:20 (four months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Out everywhere today. Cover art wasn't what I was expecting.

Jeff W, Friday, 21 July 2017 11:03 (three months ago) Permalink

Seems the hype for this died considerably after the leak.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:06 (three months ago) Permalink

I dunno if it's because it wasn't released stateside yet or because Cornelius's star has faded in the last decade or so. The album is very good.

frogbs, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:12 (three months ago) Permalink

It's pretty good, based on my first listen. I got it from CD Japan along with the new DJ Krush last week. His use of stereo is dazzling, but it also feels like sleight-of-hand after a while -- for me the most fun part about this record is counting time, some of the stuff is super-cerebral. Amazing last track.

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Friday, 21 July 2017 14:16 (three months ago) Permalink

think it might be his best-sounding album overall. there's a weird trick where the guitars ring off the walls but all the reverb from the drums and cymbals are clipped off. actually the one thing it reminds me of is Zammuto (from The Books), who produces his records the same way. like you can tell every element was worked on in isolation and then assembled into what you get here. which of course is how he's been making music for two decades now, but the presence of actual songs does make it more interesting this go around.

frogbs, Friday, 21 July 2017 14:28 (three months ago) Permalink

Listening to this now.

Is Paddy McAloon given a writing credit on "In a Dream?" Because it's essentially "Appetite."

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 21 July 2017 23:10 (three months ago) Permalink

He ranked Steve McQueen #2 on his list of 10 albums everyone needs to hear, so it's absolutely intentional I guess.

http://www.vinylmeplease.com/magazine/cornelius-on-the-10-albums-everyone-needs-to-hear/

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Friday, 21 July 2017 23:13 (three months ago) Permalink

i feel that list

brimstead, Saturday, 22 July 2017 00:38 (three months ago) Permalink

Is Paddy McAloon given a writing credit on "In a Dream?" Because it's essentially "Appetite."

I came on here to say the same thing. It's uncanny.

Only on my first listen but I'm really enjoying this.

michaellambert, Friday, 28 July 2017 20:57 (three months ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNJA3AeJS9g

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 21 August 2017 14:38 (two months ago) Permalink

saw him 10 years ago - wound up getting right up to the front so I could see them up close, might have been one of the most impressive shows I've ever seen

frogbs, Monday, 21 August 2017 20:31 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJGNc5VKIFM

incredible new video directed by Keigo for the 7" track.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 06:23 (one month ago) Permalink


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