Cornelius: Classic or Dud?

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Robin Carmody, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

when fantasma came out i thought it was the GREATEST record i had EVER heard. but i never play it anymore, its dated, sort of, in fact it almost annoys me now, for reasons i don't really understand. maybe its one of those records that plays out its usefulness quite quickly?

also, seeing cornelius live at bowlie weekender '99 was embarrassing, it was all rocked out and shit, and if it wasn't for the cringeworthy drudgefest of mercury revs set, would have been the worst of the weekend.

weren't his early records, like, acid jazz or something?

gareth, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

On the basis of the one album I own, Cornelius is obviously a gifted producer, but the albums seem hollow. It feels more like an advertising agent's portfolio than a finished product - "look at all the styles I can work in, check out my groovy graphic design, did I mention I'm a genius?".

He incorporates diverse elements really well - esp. the Beach Boys harmonies and oceanic my bloody valentine guitars - but it's ultimately post-modernist pastiche calculated to appeal to people who like spotting fashionable influences. Takes all the fun at of it. A perfect little self-conscious art project, but bloodless. Like Beck without the songwriting skills.

He's too talented to be a complete dud, but far too precious to be classic. Maybe he'll find his voice and blow us all away.

fritz, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

was referring to fantasma too.

fritz, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I wasn't entirely serious about this one, but okay . . .

I think "Fantasma" sounded insanely good as of its release, sounds occasionally grating as of now, and will return to sounding brilliant in a few years' time. In fact, I'd venture that it was *so good* that it forever killed the whole cheeky-pop-electronic-pastiche genre --- I can't think of a single record in that vein that I've really, really enjoyed since "Fantasma." This is why it grates a bit now --- a bit like getting off a fantastic rollercoaster and knowing you don't want to do anything like that again for a few hours --- and that is why, when the I-so-sick-of-beepy-Japanese-stuff dust clear, it'll still stand tall. The first three tracks alone are worth a fortune.

Has anyone devoted any time to finding Cornelius's earlier material? The first record by Flipper's Guitar has a certain cloying charm, even if the production feels like it's going to rot your teeth . . . and the very J-pop Cornelius records just prior to "Fantasma" are interesting as well.

, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I wasn't entirely serious about this one, but okay . . .

I think "Fantasma" sounded insanely good as of its release, sounds occasionally grating as of now, and will return to sounding brilliant in a few years' time. In fact, I'd venture that it was *so good* that it forever killed the whole cheeky-pop-electronic-pastiche genre --- I can't think of a single record in that vein that I've really, really enjoyed since "Fantasma." This is why it grates a bit now --- a bit like getting off a fantastic rollercoaster and knowing you don't want to do anything like that again for a few hours --- and that is why, when the I-so-sick-of-beepy-Japanese-stuff dust clear, it'll still stand tall. The first three tracks alone are worth a fortune.

Has anyone devoted any time to finding Cornelius's earlier material? The first record by Flipper's Guitar has a certain cloying charm, even if the production feels like it's going to rot your teeth . . . and the very J-pop Cornelius records just prior to "Fantasma" are interesting as well..

Nitsuh, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Postmodern heavy metal I *really* need.

the pinefox, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"[I]t's ultimately post-modernist pastiche calculated to appeal to people who like spotting fashionable influences. Takes all the fun out of it. A perfect little self-conscious art project, but bloodless."

Not to imply that you're necessarily wrong about this, or that you mean it in "the wrong way," but I must admit I've always been really, really suspicious of these kinds of "self- conscious," "soulless," "over-intellectualizing," or "taking the fun out of it" arguments. They all amount to saying "this goes too far" - -- which is a damn tough argument to make, as it implies that the music *you* listen to contains the exact right balance of self- consciousness versus un-self-consciousness, or intellectualizing versus non-intellectualizing. And then couldn't some fan of Yoruba percussion come along and level the same arguments at you? "Oh, these Beatles, so soulless and self-conscious that it's just not fun anymore!"

Further, the no-fun-anymore argument makes the huge assumption that the person making it knows more about what makes music "fun" than anyone else --- it ignores the fact, for instance, that the level of pastiche on "Fantasma" may *itself* be what makes Cornelius' music fun to his fans, or that, to listeners who prefer intellectualization to balls-out rock, saying something is "over-intellectualized" is like telling a metalhead his favorite band "rocks too much."

That said, I do completely see how the comment applies to Cornelius. I'd offer, though, that at the points where those qualities got really ridiculous --- "Magoo Opening" or "2010" --- that was sort of what was *impressive* about the record, what made it striking and what will make it stand out as worth mention ten or twenty years from today. (You can imagine the stoned obscurists: "This was released back in *99*? Dude, this is some *crazy* shit!") And further, I'd argue that most portions of the record were solid in that the hyper tone was barely a gloss, only a slight tweak in the presentation of what were, in the end, fantastic, organic, and down-to-earth pop songs. "New Music Machine?"

And don't even get me started on the criminally *over*-rated Beck.

Nitsuh, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

well, obviously mine is a subjective take - i don't think I know anymore than anyone else the right level of intellectualizing/pastiche/irony, etc. just that, to MY tastes there's too much of it in Cornelius. I'm sure there are others who think it's perfect.

fritz, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I didn't want to imply that you were doing that --- it's just that your terminology reminded me of how many people *would*. And unlike the many instances in which I can't even fathom people's criticisms of an artist, that particular gripe is one I can entirely sympathize with.

Nitsuh, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Fantasma, nice sleeve...hee haw. I agree he is a technique-miester, but watch out I think the new Lp is going to RAWK

jameslucas, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

It's a good record, but I don't listen to it much. More interesting to me have been his remixes, particularly for Takaka Minekawa and the one he did for the Pastels. He has a way with drum programming that suits gentle pop perfectly.

Mark, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I am sweeting up my days more and more wiff him. He sing "God ONly KNows" gently like an arabian cooing dove. Many odd ways has he of making the music! WHAT!?!?! Computers take over and samples slide around?!?!

Mike Hanley, Tuesday, 26 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

ah, keigo is one of my all-time faves.

Fantasma blew me away, and after listening to it nonstop for about a month, i had to put it away for another month... when i pulled it out again, i loved it even more. i tracked down all of the old stuff, including flipper's guitar... of all of his releases, 69/96 is my least fave, but i love the remix version, 96/69. his beastie boys pastiche did not work very well, if you ask me. i have a soft spot for First Question Award, the first Cornelius album, because it makes me nostalgic for a time i didn't enjoy that much, and it leaves me with the slightest feeling of melancholy... i often hear that tinge of melancholy in the album as well. i think the remix work he's done is fabulous... particularly the money mark, blur, and pastels mixes.

i saw him live at Matador's "Everything is Nice" 10 year anniversary show in NYC... i ended up missing the last ferry to get back into NJ, and had to spend $30 on a cab to get to my car... it was well worth it. the show was so much fun. it wasn't the best show i've seen (that would be mouse on mars during the niun niggung tour @ Irving Plaza), but Cornelius's show was definately one of the best. from what i've read on Momus's website, his next LP is going to be excellent.

basically, i can only get into his albums when in the right mood, but i think he's definately talented. fantasma was a great example of a man in total grasp of the studio as instrument concept, and from what i understand, the new LP is almost sample-free. the man obviously loves music and sound in general, and if nothing else comes across in his music, that certainly does.

mike j, Wednesday, 27 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Mike J said: "Fantasma blew me away, and after listening to it nonstop for about a month, i had to put it away for another month... when i pulled it out again, i loved it even more."

I totally agree. I adore that album. It doesn't sound at all hollow to me. My favourite album of that year (1998). A big !

Kodanshi, Thursday, 28 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

What role does the word "post-modernist" actually play in fritz's post? Which would mean EXACTLY the same w/o it: which is intelligent and intelligible w/o it. So why use it? I know Nick D can point us to some nasty ole wrangling we had abt this a time ago — but I shall put my marker down here: I hate this word very deeply, because it is the sound of the brain. Actually. Going. Dead. Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz [zt] * pf!

mark s, Thursday, 28 June 2001 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...
What happened to Cornelius? He had some potential.

I'm bad and dirty and going to hell (nordicskilla), Monday, 27 June 2005 20:36 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Dunno

That One Guy (That One Guy), Monday, 27 June 2005 20:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"Point" is fully fully classic. I'd imagine he's just holing up in the studio obsessively working on something else, hopefully.

b'angelo, Monday, 27 June 2005 20:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Point was only just 2002, right? I'm sure he's working on something now. Adam, you're too demanding of these artists!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 27 June 2005 21:04 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Well I wish I could take 3 years between jobs!!

I'm bad and dirty and going to hell (nordicskilla), Monday, 27 June 2005 21:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I do not hold any musicians to any standard I do not also set for myself.

I'm bad and dirty and going to hell (nordicskilla), Monday, 27 June 2005 21:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Who are the biggest remix whores?

jaymc (jaymc), Monday, 27 June 2005 21:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I love the Fantastic Plastic Machine!

THE JAMES DEAN OF THE OLD TESTAMENT (ex machina), Monday, 27 June 2005 21:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Ha, the only place I've never posted about my (mostly) staunch love of Cornelius music!

I think Cornelius' pop potential peaked in-between the release of Fantasma in 1997 and his recording of 'Lazy' in 1999. There's a whole school of thought in Japan behind borrowing the art of others while bringing in your own skills to bear (and another for outright imitation) and musically speaking, Keigo rode that one out during that whole 2 year period, not to mention that he'd been doing this since 1989 anyway. There's some excellent pieces on Cornelius and the Shibuya-Kei movement of old at Tokyo-transplanted US pop musician Marxy's website/blog http://neomarxisme.com/ that really opened up a lot of the scene for me.

Obviously, the end of that scene led to the start of a new one, and in comparison to his past, today's Cornelius does seem a little too stark and sterile, although the intricacies of his production have actually exceeded his late 90s days - quite a feat if you use headphones on some of the CM tracks and then the CM2 songs afterwards. Point has been accused by some of being a rip off of Tomoko Kanda's album, which I think is a pretty tall claim when her production for Kahimi Karie in 2000, 'I Can't Wait For Summer', not only sounds exactly like Cornelius as he was then (these plagiarism-spotters always forget the wealth of remix work in-between CM and Point), but in fact sounds like his mix of Money Mark's 'Maybe I'm Dead' (and a touch of his Sting remix too).

The essence of an artist like Cornelius is that he's constantly reinventing himself and testing techniques and his curated influences out. More often than not, it's good fun, but I hope he remembers his inner child sooner or later, because there's a crucial lack of joy in recent work (that Bloc Party remix - ugh), and he's always been too good to go full bore IDM, as he seems to be on the links I've posted below:

Wataridori 2 from the Matador is 15 comp

http://s42.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=33X1QLJBS7TSK3UTEHFDKBX8DN

And 'Coin/N.A.R.Y.', from a mystery EP which I have little idea about.

According to Marxy, the original Shibuya-kei artists have little love for their current antecedents, which is a big shame as Plus-Tech are doing a fine job of capturing some of Cornelius' old lightning-in-a-bottle style. If his next album was to turn out weak, I'd still have the previous albums, and borrowed Beatles or no, I doubt he'd ever write a song like 'Rock/96' (or '69/96' for that matter) ever again anyway.

Negativa, True Believer (Sheryl Crow in a Britney costume) (Barima), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 09:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I bought Point when it came out, after readingsome reviews. Alas, it dissapointed me. Lovely sounds but it did get boring soon. (only like 2 prototype tracks and the rest are in the same vein..)
My sister loves it though, so maybe it was worth the money after all.

Ludo (Ludo), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 11:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I only recommend Fantasma and CM to people. Even my lamer emo/mid-90s/dino-rock loving acquaintances have responded favourably to it.

Negativa, True Believer (Sheryl Crow in a Britney costume) (Barima), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 11:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the tracks, that's some good stuff.

Orange (Orange), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 12:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Yr welcome.

Negativa, True Believer (Sheryl Crow in a Britney costume) (Barima), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 12:32 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I quite enjoyed Point.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 12:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Thanks for posting those tracks dude!

I always thought Point was an absolute winter album, but having pumped it from the ghettoblaster in the backyard while drinking beers in the hot hot summer sun, I realize I was completely incorrect.

I kinda think Keigo's talents would be very well utilised making a CHILDREN'S ALBUM.

nickalicious (nickalicious), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 13:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I think I sounded too harsh re: Point. I like it, and really, there are some total winners on it, but I'm always less inclined to listen to it than to the preceding two and many of the remixes. It's still better than The First Question Award tho'.

Nicka otm - a kid's album would be the ish.

Negativa, True Believer (Sheryl Crow in a Britney costume) (Barima), Tuesday, 28 June 2005 14:56 (twelve years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...
Listened to "Drop" again last night at really intense volume (in 5.1)... it was pretty digi-psychedelic.

Steve Shasta (Steve Shasta), Wednesday, 31 May 2006 19:22 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Cornelius plays incredibly exciting guitar on Ryuichi Sakamoto's CHASM album - on the basis of just three tracks on which he plays, he is now among my favourite guitarists!

Max Kitaj (kitaj), Wednesday, 31 May 2006 22:24 (eleven years ago) Permalink

69-96 and 96-69 were it for me. I met Mr. Oyamada at Trattoria's office in Tokyo, and tried to interview him, with the help of an interpreter friend - we ended up talking about music all night. Please try his work in "Flipper's Guitar", and hear his debut, "The First Question Award", as well as the aforementioned 69-96 & 96-69 albums. "Fantasma" kicked everybody's arse when it was released - I even went back to Japan and caught the show for it @ Budokan. But, post-Trattoria, he seems to have a hard time delivering anything but remixes to Warner Japan.

So Ho La (So Ho La), Thursday, 1 June 2006 02:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

He covered YMO's 'Cue', produced a bunch of tracks for Tower Records exclusives when PM was released and has the odd production credit floating around (eg. Teriyaki Boyz - 'Moon The World'). All in the last year. He needs a new sound though - there's this killer remix of a song named 'Twilight' (the artist's name's in Kanji) that has potential for a new direction (v. YMO).

Hal! Jordan! HAL! JORDAN! (Barima), Thursday, 1 June 2006 11:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
As it turns out, 'Twilight' was by Denki Groove and SchaDaraParra.

However, the new album Sensuous will soon be upon us. Singles are on Youtube:

Breezin'

Music

'Gum' (which is possibly an excerpt) is also up, as is 'Toner', as they're both off TV ads. 'Gum' looks locked to be an album highlight. 'Beep It', apparently a more electronic or even clubbier affair, will be released on 12" with remixes by Crue-L Records, who are one of the old Shibuya-kei institutions.

Based on this evidence, it isn't as thematic as the previous 3 albums and isn't much distanced from Point, sadly. Oh, and 'Cue' is on this, which doesn't help a lot, really.

To top off, Matdor aren't releasing this.

Badrock Example (Barima), Friday, 13 October 2006 14:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It's interesting that we have the Beck thread a few days ago and this one. I think Fritz's comparison is OTM and illuminates what is good about Beck as well as tiresome about Cornelius...

Radio Free Albemuth (DocMartensBoots), Friday, 13 October 2006 15:15 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Dunno why you felt the need to say this twice today, but nevertheless, I can't find a single point to agree with you on this one, especially in comparison to Beck, even if I enjoy his music too.

Especially when Fritz was referring to one album (with a load of context behind it too) out of four (well, nine).

Badrock Example (Barima), Friday, 13 October 2006 15:45 (eleven years ago) Permalink

My first thoughts after hearing Breezin' are that

a) he's still using his sampled voice as long keyboard notes for entire songs, and
b) he's still obsessed with 3 against 2 rhythms.

I still enjoy Point quite a bit, but one thing that has started to annoy me about that album is his reliance on a) and b) above.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Friday, 13 October 2006 15:52 (eleven years ago) Permalink

otm

This may never have happened if he hadn't started a family

Badrock Example (Barima), Friday, 13 October 2006 16:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I think these songs are *wonderful*!

(also, Beck has nothing on Cornelius)

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Friday, 13 October 2006 17:28 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I did like Breezin', actually, although my comment probably didn't express it much. Gum also sounded really good.

Zachary Scott (Zach S), Friday, 13 October 2006 17:29 (eleven years ago) Permalink

5 years into it and no mention of his production on Pizzicato Five's Bossa Nova 2001. I feel it's their best work, and I'd guess this was the reason for it.

I got burned out on Fantasma too, but it really was my favorite album of 1998, and over time, I think it'll age well. It just ain't relevant right now I guess.

None of his other albums moved me from beginning to end.

PappaWheelie: Giving out breaks to the needy since September 25th, 2006 (PappaWh, Friday, 13 October 2006 17:35 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Just my take but that doesn't mean it's going to resonate with everyone.

Radio Free Albemuth (DocMartensBoots), Friday, 13 October 2006 17:50 (eleven years ago) Permalink

I've loved Sensuous; made me dig out Point, too. There hasn't been a ton of growth to his sound, but I like what he duz.

Jamesy (SuzyCreemcheese), Saturday, 14 October 2006 00:01 (eleven years ago) Permalink

Hey, Radio, I know I am on occasion a rude, misanthropic bastard, but I do know you didn't say anything to offend. But on sonics alone, Keigo is possibly the most gifted producer of the last 10 years. I've really felt the way he's been at the forefront of a scene, produced and played all of his output for time and cultivated so many acts has given him a closer kinship to Prince than to Beck (let alone the one between Beck and Prince themselves - I mean, the fact that both Keigo and Prince are placing greater emphasis on their usually underestimated guitar work these days is very timely).

Keigo's cloning always seemed more like the acts of someone who loved certain songs so much, it was more an act of "what if I wrote that?" only it always seemed more bastard pop driven, which is a lot of fun. 'The Quizmaster' (from Flipper's last album)= the best bits of 'Loaded' AND 'I'm Losing More Than I'll Ever Have' with more uplift. 'Last Night In Africa'= effectively mashing 2 Beastie songs ('Rock Hard'/'So Whatcha Want'), replacing the AC/DC sample with Zeppelin and sticking a rejig of 'Whole Lotta Love's' breakdown in the middle for good measure. 'New Music Machine'= even MBV could stand to be sunny on occasion. I mean, dude even made a song about his second album using many of the melodies, drumming, samples and motifs.

CM is possibly the best "pure" Cornelius production, as it's way less contextual than the preceding stuff, goes through his influences as genres rather than as specific songs as he did on occasion and also ups the production ante somewhat from Fantasma.

PappaWheelie - very good P5 record, which he did before he even put out his first album, but I think the Cornelius Rock'n'Roll Orchestral Circus version of 'Happy Sad' is the only one I've wanted to hang onto.

Badrock Example (Barima), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 08:48 (eleven years ago) Permalink

The new album's really disappointing though, right? Like none of the songs are very good!

And I don't really care that this new stuff sounds exactly the same as the late 90s stuff did, but I am really surprised that he hasn't changed his aesthetic at all. Ok, all right, fine, and i'm also a little disappointed.

sean gramophone (Sean M), Tuesday, 17 October 2006 09:21 (eleven years ago) Permalink

It really is point two point oh. Is that a bad thing? Not at all.

I.M. From Hollywood (i_m_from_hollywood), Thursday, 19 October 2006 09:03 (eleven years ago) Permalink

now that i'm listening to this again and again I think it really is a lot like the Cornelius version of Hosono's "The Endless Talking", but a little brighter and not as frightening. I'd be surprised if that wasn't a huge influence on this album. It's really quite good - very brainy and just the right amount of fun, with the pieces acting more like ideas than songs, with a really refined sound palette (some of the old sounds crop up though). Probably better than Sensuous, really.

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:17 (four years ago) Permalink

This is really great! A little spotty at times but the good stuff is goooooooood. Like it much more than anything I've heard since "Point."

Deverly (Bangelo), Saturday, 16 February 2013 00:35 (four years ago) Permalink

What's exactly is everyone's problem with Sensuous?

brimstead, Saturday, 16 February 2013 02:14 (four years ago) Permalink

This is incredible! I watched the show and holy crap is it amazing. This record is probably my favorite since "Fantasma".

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:29 (four years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_xLFOg2gTQ

This is an episode with some really amazing video sequences.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 16 February 2013 03:30 (four years ago) Permalink

Sensuous is fine but IMO it's a little too stripped back at times, it doesn't have any of the real enjoyable moments that Point did. Like it doesn't let loose, even Gum sounds way too tightly controlled and structured to be a lot of fun. Its still a good album I'd say and probably one that's going to look better with time. This new one though puts a lot of the fun back even in it's sterile little world of sound, maybe because the melodies are a lot more all over the place and the pieces are short enough that you don't get bored of them. I'm on my 8th listen in the last seven days and it's still sounding very good.

frogbs, Monday, 18 February 2013 15:16 (four years ago) Permalink

Sensuous is okay - the charitable case could be made that it threads the needle between Fantasma and Point, but I feel it doesn't have either the hooks of Fantasma or the pristine atmosphere of Point. Really excited about the new one but need to track it down first.

skip, Monday, 18 February 2013 18:36 (four years ago) Permalink

still loving nhk design ah. frogbs' comparison to the endless talking strikes me as a good one, but yeah, this is much more upbeat. still, both albums are very crisp and clear and move through a wide range of musical ideas quite quickly. and there are chopped up vox all over both of these albums.

but the modern production and slight techno edge on some nhk tracks is pleasantly bringing the hosono worship of the atom/masaki sakamoto collabo lp alien symphony to mind - particularly the parts miharu koshi guests on. I'm strictly talking about production here because alien symphony is DENSE music, but if you haven't heard that one, it is very much worth hearing and available in full on soundcloud:
https://soundcloud.com/sublimerecords/atomtm-masaki-sakamoto-alien-symphony

original bgm, Monday, 18 February 2013 21:20 (four years ago) Permalink

I hear what you guys are saying about Sensuous. I might be a little too in love with the overall sound/production; really think it's one of the best sounding albums of its time. Excited to hear the new stuff from everyone's descriptions!

brimstead, Monday, 18 February 2013 21:53 (four years ago) Permalink

btw apparently he's doing the new ghost in the shell soundtrack!

brimstead, Monday, 18 February 2013 21:55 (four years ago) Permalink

thanks for that one Alan - listening now and its defintely a good modern take on Hosono's S-F-X sound

frogbs, Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:18 (four years ago) Permalink

and yeah it is a lot like this NHK album

frogbs, Thursday, 21 February 2013 16:23 (four years ago) Permalink

awesome, glad you're digging it

original bgm, Thursday, 21 February 2013 19:48 (four years ago) Permalink

i'll give it another listen tonight. I've always been curious about Atom Heart but he's that odd combination of A) prolific, B) obscure, and C) releases material under a zillion different names that makes it difficult for me to really get into him

frogbs, Thursday, 21 February 2013 21:03 (four years ago) Permalink

My cat loves this. I bet he likes the bird song.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 22 February 2013 07:33 (four years ago) Permalink

xpost yeah, I'd be curious of you find more "hosono-ey" atom material. much of what I've heard has had a 90s ambient techno vibe (which I also like)

original bgm, Friday, 22 February 2013 14:09 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

new compilation out - Constellations of Music, partly a remix comp like the others but there is a decent amount of new stuff there, some with salyu x salyu. The Bird and Bee remix is of a song I haven't heard before. Flows a lot better than the CM albums. Check it out!

frogbs, Wednesday, 28 October 2015 16:25 (two years ago) Permalink

oooh, new salyu x salyu! thanks for the heads up, will be checking that out.

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 29 October 2015 04:06 (two years ago) Permalink

also, haven't checked out the new ghost in the shell ost but I do like the opener (which he produced):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7DuRYkthjU

(⊙_⊙?) (original bgm), Thursday, 29 October 2015 04:07 (two years ago) Permalink

I have the ost, it's very good!

thono, Thursday, 29 October 2015 09:13 (two years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQZNSOUkI7w

original backdrop vid for "Free Fall" from "Fantasma"! they have the one from "Mic Check" up as well. so cool....

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 8 January 2017 19:58 (one year ago) Permalink

https://media.giphy.com/media/puE3RO6CeBKfK/giphy.gif
i see some John Whitney at the beginning. a lot of amazing 80s vector CGI stuff. anyone know what ^this is from?

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 8 January 2017 22:11 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...

http://i.imgur.com/sNxf2AA.jpg

last night the Cornelius instagram posted a weird black and white animation with minimal sounds (alternating drum machine kick and snare) then the following info:

0426 FIRST SINGLE
0524 SECOND SINGLE
0628 NEW ALBUM

!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 March 2017 13:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

CLASSIC

And why's it taken him so long to release another proper album? But I'm glad.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 31 March 2017 13:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efJp-0GHKp0

I missed the Penguin Cafe/Cornelius EP.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 31 March 2017 13:31 (nine months ago) Permalink

oh wow I missed that too. "Bird Watching at Inner Forest" is my favorite Cornelius track, for real

why'd it take him so long? hard to say but maybe he felt his solo style hit a dead end? for the record there's two, maybe three things I think you could count as Cornelius albums since Sensuous was released 11 (!!!) years ago - the NHK Ah Um soundtrack, the salyu x salyu album, and the Constellations of Music disc which is half a remix album and half new material. he's also been in the band Metafive which were fairly active the last couple years. so he's been busy, at least!

frogbs, Friday, 31 March 2017 13:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

Sensuous feels like the ultimate refinement of his style for sure, perhaps too refined in places? Very interested to hear where he's going with this one.

chap, Friday, 31 March 2017 13:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

yea I'm pretty excited for the first single - his style hasn't seemed to evolve much in the past 10 years but I wouldn't be surprised if he had something up his sleeve for this

frogbs, Friday, 31 March 2017 13:51 (nine months ago) Permalink

wow i haven't listened to anything after Sensuous. i'm going to need to check that stuff out!

why'd it take him so long - he produces a lot (didn't he get his start producing Pizzicato Five in 1993) so yeah in all the gaps between albums he is doing art shows, soundtrack music, playing in different bands, producing other people, etc.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 March 2017 13:59 (nine months ago) Permalink

I was always a fan of Beastie Boys remix from a few years back:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z2inCuVYieY

MarkoP, Friday, 31 March 2017 14:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

the NHK Ah Um soundtrack

oh yeah, the Design-Ah show, i forgot about this. it was fucking awesome!

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Friday, 31 March 2017 14:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

This is fab, love me some Salyu x Salyu

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lzu5ST8CnM

MaresNest, Friday, 31 March 2017 16:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

didn't he promise a new album back in 2010 or something that never materialised (until now)? i'm excited for this anyway

i quite enjoyed the salyu x salyu album, really wish i'd been able to see her/them live when they were here a few years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brec06BA6JU

ufo, Friday, 31 March 2017 16:54 (nine months ago) Permalink

Have always LOVED this Kings Of Convenience "Tusen Takk Rework" of "Drop"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6EEWPZJrPP0

Spencer Chow, Friday, 31 March 2017 19:02 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmO7KLDE8ss

I've always enjoyed this meta-meta remix.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 31 March 2017 19:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

his James Brown remix is awesome. video's kind of a headache though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnsxXh22-2g

frogbs, Friday, 31 March 2017 19:19 (nine months ago) Permalink

salyu record is so good

schlump, Friday, 31 March 2017 23:38 (nine months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgHQj3li4gY

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 4 April 2017 23:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

listening to Sensuous again. i really love this album. i think he keeps getting better. "Scum" is so good.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfL63RbD0Jg

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 5 April 2017 00:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

"Omstart"? man, this is nice. very Soft Machine.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 5 April 2017 00:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

geez that preview doesn't really reveal much

there's a lot to like about Sensuous but, idk, I just feel like the songs don't go far enough. like "Fit Song", it seems to cut out right as it starts to get interesting, like it starts to loosen up and jam out and then it just cuts out. seeing him live on that tour definitely helped a lot though - "Like a Rolling Stone", which I never cared for much on the album, sounded absolutely massive during the show

frogbs, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 14:09 (nine months ago) Permalink

The artwork & font are really ugly, but I'm still psyched.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 14:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

Making me think of Ed Hardy T-shirts for some reason.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 April 2017 14:15 (nine months ago) Permalink

lol i get a early 90s dot matrix vibe. like they used Clarisworks

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Wednesday, 5 April 2017 14:17 (nine months ago) Permalink

salyu record is so good

ya I'm playing it now and I'm really blown away by it. it really is like a Cornelius album with an actual singer.

frogbs, Thursday, 6 April 2017 13:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

https://i.imgur.com/ZiT4elWm.jpg

Trattoria Menu 100: A Musical Souvenir Of Trattoria Menu.100's Magic Kingdom
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Trattoria-Menu100-A-Musical-Souvenir-Of-Trattoria-Menu100s-Magic-Kingdom/release/3125736

i won this on ebay recently. it is a really awesome promo item. a picture disc and 3 CDs that comes in a sturdy LP jacket with a cool booklet and lots of little toys and things. it makes me think of Sgt. Pepper or Magical Mystery Tour, this set. there is a set of collectible cards with various musical groups. there is a cut-out paper British Royal-style crown. there is a Disneyland-style giant map of the Magic Kingdom. it's sick.

the music is very cool too. i haven't listened to Shibuya-Kei in a long time but i used to jam this stuff back in high school and revisiting it was a treat. the music is very heavy on a style of 90's retro that is equally 60's lounge/exotica inspired as well as 70's funk and tv soundtrack music. but with a heavy dose of new wave, drone, and shoegaze (especially on disc 3 "Hear Nothing" (there are 3 CDs titled "See Nothing", "Say Nothing" "Hear Nothing")).

lots of random indie rock that sounds like 60's psychedelic pop. plus some genuine weird old stuff that got re-discovered by these Japanese hipsters in the first place. The Free Design and Children of Judah sit next to their own acts and yet somehow it works. brilliant. if you can track this down on SLSK i recommend it.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 7 January 2018 17:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

thanks for the headsup, this does indeed look really cool, i'm jealous!

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 January 2018 17:48 (two weeks ago) Permalink

so wait none of you are talking about Mellow Waves? very good album imo, polished, suave, catchy in parts, trippy in parts.

sleeve, Sunday, 7 January 2018 17:55 (two weeks ago) Permalink

great record, more people should hear it

bob lefse (rushomancy), Sunday, 7 January 2018 17:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

#10 on my Pazz & Jop ballot. It's getting a US physical release in a few weeks, I'm excited to finally hear it on my stereo.

geoffreyess, Sunday, 7 January 2018 18:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink


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