Cornelius

Spunk Discography

Cornelius
Point



Artist Links

http://www.cornelius-sound.com
http://www.myspace.com/corneliusofficial

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Biography

And now for something completely different…

Point is the long-awaited (it’s true) new release from Japan’s most innovative and respected musician, Cornelius a.k.a. Keigo Oyamada. It is a heartbreaking work of staggering genius forging a very different path from his 1998 US debut Fantasma. Where Fantasma was an exaggerated media collage which deconstructed the history of pop and reassembled it into a breathtaking tangle of sound, Point is altogether more atmospheric, involving mood-driven soundscapes.

Rather than cramming all his influences onto one record, Point shows Keigo taking a more organic, personal approach to his art; he tells us he approached Fantasma like a 5th grader – all cut & paste – but approached this one like a grandpa, where everything has to have meaning and relate to each other. Cornelius takes his inspiration from the world around him (not always musical), creating an dizzying environmental sound. The same musical influences are still there, but toned down and mutated into a more cohesive and mature album.

Point was a year in the making, recorded solely in a small private studio above the Cornelius office. As well as providing all of the music, Keigo also self-produced the record, joined only in the studio by sound engineer Mishima, who also helped with the programming. There are some spectacular songs such as the danceable “Drop”, the retro-Hawaiian “Brazil” (by Barosso) and the pseudo-metal of “I Hate Hate”. This is Japanese pop at its most eclectic, invigorating, and sexy.

Cornelius, while being hailed as a genius and as the future of rock and roll by many, is also just as interested in design, fashion, video, conceptual and pop art, and live extravaganzas (there will be no less than five music videos for Point). His performances incorporate a multimedia blowout complete with 3-D lights, video and kitsch gimmicks like karate spacemen and fantasy apes. He contributed a art DVD piece from Point to The Barbican’s JAM exhibition earlier this year which was part of London’s Tokyo Life festival. He is involved with every aspect of his own record designs as well as the abundance of other merchandise on offer (mainly in Japan) such as the limited edition DIY cardboard turntable, watches and even a pair of headphones which was included in with the original Japanese release of Fantasma.

It has been four years since the release of Fantasma, and during this time he has toured the world extensively and collaborated with many different artists on remixes etc. such as Blur, Beck, Sting, K.D. Lang and most recently two Australian bands The Avalanches and Gerling.