Album of the Week: Mellow Waves by Cornelius

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Cornelius is the alter ego of the legendary Japanese composer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Keigo Oyamada.

Twenty years after releasing their iconic album Fantasma in 1997, and putting an end to an eleven-year-long silence, the Tokyo-based musician and his band are now back with Mellow Waves, out now via Rostrum Records.

Having shifted from the postmodern cut-and-paste of previous efforts to a more organic recording technique, Cornelius’s new sound is that of psychedelic brain waves, twirling around scattered thoughts and filling unnerving silences—Mellow Waves is a trip into the creative mind of a musician known for his outstanding and visionary orchestral talent. Check out three videos off the new album after the break!


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →