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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyone have a rip?? I'm desperate.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:26 (one year ago) Permalink

Here's a teaser bit from him

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

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:32 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:32 (one year ago) Permalink

remove the 's'

i think

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:34 (one year ago) Permalink

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:47 (one year ago) Permalink

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:49 (one year ago) Permalink

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:53 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

art direction is really cool so far

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 13:56 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

A little warmer.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 18:12 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

frogbs, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I want that single so bad!

everything, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:42 (one year ago) Permalink

ME TOO.

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

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:54 (one year ago) Permalink

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

Karl Malone, Thursday, 27 April 2017 19:55 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

Have any of you heard it yet/

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 28 April 2017 16:21 (one year ago) Permalink

wish Matador would reissue Point on vinyl

sleeve, Friday, 28 April 2017 16:24 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 20:01 (one year ago) Permalink

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 21:34 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

no luck on ebay

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:11 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

calstars, Friday, 28 April 2017 22:24 (one year ago) Permalink

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 28 April 2017 22:25 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

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

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 5 May 2017 16:05 (one year 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 (one year ago) Permalink

it literally doesn't exist online as sound clip?

dylannn, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:45 (one year ago) Permalink

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

dylannn, Friday, 5 May 2017 17:58 (one year ago) Permalink

hero!

Sounds promising

calstars, Friday, 5 May 2017 19:09 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah. mellow. and wavey!

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 5 May 2017 19:10 (one year ago) Permalink

oh yeah. yummy. gimme that tremelo!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 5 May 2017 20:09 (one year ago) Permalink

dylannn <3 this is sounding lovely.

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

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

definitely sounds like the album title

ufo, Friday, 12 May 2017 03:40 (one year ago) Permalink

pretty cool. not mindblowing but i like.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 12 May 2017 12:53 (one year ago) Permalink

I wish there were more hooks... or any hooks for that matter

skip, Saturday, 20 January 2018 07:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

Point has a very similar sound but the feel is radically different, and better.

"Tone Twilight Zone" is a very effective interlude but I don't want to hear 45 minutes of it.

skip, Saturday, 20 January 2018 07:49 (ten months ago) Permalink

the first three tracks were a great development on the Point sound but the rest is fairly uninteresting. i haven't come back to it much at all

ufo, Saturday, 20 January 2018 08:08 (ten months ago) Permalink

it's not melodically rich but he's developed a superb sense of sound design (prob. why he works best in collaboration!)

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Saturday, 20 January 2018 23:09 (ten months ago) Permalink

This "sound design" thing needs to be addressed though. WTF is it supposed to mean? Is he more of a "sound designer" than Metallica, Brian Eno, Billy Childish, Jim Thirwell or literally anyone else who makes a track where a specific philosophy re. the sound is a strong guiding motive? Feels like this has become a genre like "indie" which is now disconnected from the actual definition of the word. Applied to Cornelius, "sound design" seems like a portentous way to describe "Crises"-era Mike Oldfield-inspired production paired with a rather narrow palate of chimes, creaks, rimshots etc (with lots of dramatic stereo effects of course.) As a solo artist, Cornelius has painted himself into a corner with this stuff.

everything, Sunday, 21 January 2018 00:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

he does one thing and he does it extremely well. if lack of variety is a bad thing in a listener's book, cornelius will never be more than a second rate talent at best. personally i'm not bothered about his limitations.

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 21 January 2018 01:10 (ten months ago) Permalink

He only does one thing NOW. His mid-late 90s stuff was all over the place. It's disappointing how narrow his range has ended up.

everything, Sunday, 21 January 2018 01:47 (ten months ago) Permalink

i don't get it, is he supposed to somehow break the rule that every musician from the dawn of time has succumbed to? people get old, they get conservative. artists's experimental bent naturally becomes more refined with time. compared Bob Dylan 1966 to 1986. what a slacker, right. painted himself into a corner. Paul McCartney wrote "Yesterday" in 1965 and twenty years later he made Give My Regards to Broad Street.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:28 (ten months ago) Permalink

hey I'm just saying what everyone else here seems to be dancing around - that it's quite a boring album - a disappointment. No doubt a month after Give My Regards To Broad Street came out lots of McCartney fans were observing that the hype had mysteriously died and that they weren't returning to the album much, despite the awesome sound design.

everything, Sunday, 21 January 2018 19:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

Conservative and refined doesn't have to lead to boring.

skip, Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:56 (ten months ago) Permalink

i'm listening to it more than i am to a lot of the other 2017 records i liked... but maybe i am a boring person!

i also don't think that "mellow waves" is any more stylistically limited as an album than "fantasma" was, once you strip away all of the stuff he nicked from other people. i mean maybe mellow waves would be a better album if he put more effort into ripping off sampha or daniel caesar but it doesn't quite seem like a fair criticism to make?

i think the eno point of reference is an interesting one. i've found pretty much everything eno's done since "my squelchy life" to be really tediously dull, but i haven't had that experience with cornelius. chacun à son goût i guess?

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 21 January 2018 21:59 (ten months ago) Permalink

feel like i agree that "it's boring" but it doesn't matter, in fact, i like it. the album is called Mellow Waves so i would just change" boring" to "mellow".

fwiw this year i finally started listening in earnest to Steely Dan and soft rock for the first time in my life, maybe i am turning in a boring old fart lol. if i want to blow my brains out i can always thrown on "Ball In-Kick Off" this stuff will do nicely

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 22 January 2018 15:40 (ten months ago) Permalink

I'd take an entire album of that guitar solo on "If You're Here." It's a good record, but there are too many filler tracks, which I'll admit he's always seemed fond of, and not enough content.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 16:41 (ten months ago) Permalink

the guitar solo on if you're here is one of my favourite things he's done

ufo, Wednesday, 24 January 2018 17:00 (ten months ago) Permalink

my vinyl copy showed up friday, im listening this morning. it's really good hangover music

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 28 January 2018 16:06 (ten months ago) Permalink

Sounding very nice on my stereo, glad I don't have to stream it anymore. I forgot how much "In a Dream" sounds like Prefab Sprout's "Appetite."

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 30 January 2018 02:13 (ten months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

they are on tour right now. saw some cool photos of them playing in Mexico a few days ago. also this!

https://i.imgur.com/jks8CZn.png

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 3 March 2018 03:33 (nine months ago) Permalink

got to say a Mac Demarco/Cornelius split EP would be a sweet thing to hear.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 3 March 2018 03:35 (nine 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")

wow, this "hammond song" cover!!

otoh, yeah, this new cornelius album is pretty boring, huh? wish he'd just work with salyu more instead tbh. there's some cool stuff on here but the laid back arrangements make his weak vox stick out kinda uncomfortably imo.

how's the live show these days?

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Monday, 5 March 2018 04:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

Saw them at the 930 club in DC and loved the video/visuals and much of the music (the art-pop with rhythmic beat cuts more than the 2 that sounded kinda metalcore0

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 March 2018 05:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

http://thequietus.com/articles/23926-cornelius-interview-favourite-albums

He did another top album list...Smiths, Prefab Sprout, Donovan, D'angelo, Jeff Phelps and more

curmudgeon, Thursday, 8 March 2018 05:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

listened to (s)oun(d)beams for the first time in a while today and it's still excellent, one of his best works & i really hope there's more salyu x salyu someday. definitely better than Mellow Waves

ufo, Thursday, 8 March 2018 12:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

I forget where I saw this first, but I looked it up again after seeing the thread and think this is new?

http://www.hmv.co.jp/newsdetail/article/1802201001/

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 8 March 2018 15:36 (nine months ago) Permalink

ah, cool stuff, thanks for the link

ziggy the ginhead (rushomancy), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 13:42 (eight months ago) Permalink

xxp - that must be a second volume of music from the NHK Design Ah show. I have the first disc and it's pretty good - even more granular and stripped back than Sensuous but actually a bit better than that album. because at least the concept is clear.

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 14:36 (eight months ago) Permalink

he looks so young

DJ U OK Hun? (jed_), Tuesday, 20 March 2018 16:58 (eight months ago) Permalink

has anyone seen him on the latest tour? bummed i missed the sf show.

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:09 (eight months ago) Permalink

xp yeah wtf has he been sealed in a box these last 12 years

frogbs, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 17:45 (eight months ago) Permalink

nm just read review upthread and watched the npr thing :D

kurt schwitterz, Tuesday, 20 March 2018 18:11 (eight months ago) Permalink

https://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/design-a-2/1357728295

new nhk design is out

nowhere to download if you're not in Japan, though... not as far as I can tell. lotsa samples at the link.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 21 March 2018 19:29 (eight months ago) Permalink

http://towershibuya.jp/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/18_02_22_DA2L-0002-1024x683.jpg

Packaging for the new one looks cool.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:38 (eight months ago) Permalink

mellow waves is good, i just listened to it for the first time

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 22 March 2018 20:43 (eight months ago) Permalink

Anyone tracked down a copy of the new NHK Design in the wild? I'm thinking of ordering it. What's the best shop?

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 26 March 2018 15:57 (eight months ago) Permalink

I bought it on iTunes Japan.

It's really good. Stands on its own.

I dare say it's better than Mellow Waves!

Check it out.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 29 March 2018 15:50 (eight months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

http://cornelius.patatap.com/

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 7 May 2018 12:30 (seven months ago) Permalink

that NHK comp is really good! better than the first one, even. love that he brought back the Teriyaki Boyz beat he did and added in Cibo Matto

frogbs, Thursday, 10 May 2018 18:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Yeah, it's really good. Worth the purchase.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 10 May 2018 19:04 (seven months ago) Permalink

apparently cornelius covered "passionfruit" for a spotify session. i've never heard anything drake's done in his entire career and also i don't spotify so i'll probably never hear it, but i bet it's good.

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Friday, 18 May 2018 02:03 (six months ago) Permalink

it's pretty groovy and shockingly faithful to the original

808s & Deep States (voodoo chili), Friday, 18 May 2018 13:30 (six months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

there's a volume 3 NHK comp coming out? damn!

Arch Bacon (rushomancy), Wednesday, 20 June 2018 02:13 (five months ago) Permalink

That's great. The second one is awesome.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 21 June 2018 13:59 (five months ago) Permalink

i forget the name of the track, but the interview about fave albums reminds me that he played a song at field day a few weeks back that was basically Appetite by prefab sprout. not that thats a bad thing, in fact its a very good thing.

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 21 June 2018 14:31 (five months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkOdy7l9qZI

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5. ピッタリ (うた 小山田圭吾)
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There's also a DVD - https://youtu.be/M0QCTBOAsYg

Jeff W, Monday, 23 July 2018 19:28 (four months ago) Permalink

these little design あ records are so fun

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 2 August 2018 18:25 (four months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Has anyone heard the third NHK yet?

Also, how about this?

https://www.billboard.com/articles/news/international/8466374/japan-cornelius-new-album-ripple-waves

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 20 September 2018 14:30 (two months ago) Permalink

only on the first track but I'm really amused by this so far

frogbs, Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:46 (two months ago) Permalink

I dont think this album is particularly mellow

calstars, Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:53 (two months ago) Permalink

new NHK record is good. they're all inconsistent and fun and better than mellow waves.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Wednesday, 26 September 2018 04:35 (two months ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I just picked it up. I think all 3 NHK records are kind of the same but they're all really tasty - lots of great moments on this one.

Not sure what to think of Ripple Waves yet - I kinda wish the new stuff had been sectioned off into an EP or something, cuz that's all pretty good. I don't have much use for Cornelius remixes...he's one of those musicians that always seems to get it right the first time.

frogbs, Thursday, 25 October 2018 20:18 (one month ago) Permalink


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