Cornelius Drops New Album, Mellow Waves, First in 11 Years

Keigo Oyamada, aka Cornelius, has been mighty quiet. Some wondered if they had seen the last of him. After all, eleven years is a long time to wait, to hold out hope.

Fear not fans, the highly capable producer has returned with a brand new album called Mellow Waves. While the physical release is still two weeks away, we can all bask in the glow right now.

Building on the excitement, Cornelius has previously shared two tracks from Mellow Waves  “If You’re Here” and “Sometime/Some Place”. Both more than set the tone for what your will hear below.

Recently Stereogum, sat down with him to talk about his latest creation.

“On the past couple of albums, I really worked everything out on a grid, in terms of laying out the sounds. But this time, I was more interested in something moving over that grid, a continuous form that sort of waved over it. Some kind of winding line, a continuous line of sound that was on top of that grid.

In the past, I used words more as an instrument. I would use literal words as building blocks. But on Mellow Waves, there was something much more melodic about it. There was something about a melody and singing that appealed to me. I had done all these projects and done all this producing and live performances, all of these different aspects of music, that reflected back to me and made me realize I hadn’t been writing songs to be sung by myself. So this was definitely something I was conscious of: I was going to write music that I was going to sing in a melodic way.”

Check out the artwork, tracklist, and album stream, below.

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Mellow Waves Artwork:

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Mellow Waves Tracklist:
01. If You’re Here
02. Sometime / Someplace
03. Dear Future Person
04. Surfing on Mind Wave pt 2
05. In a Dream
06. Helix / Spiral
07. Mellow Yellow Feel
08. The Spell of a Vanishing Loveliness
09. The Rain Song
10. Crépuscule

Stream Mellow Waves via our friends over at NPR.

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