Published Apr 26, 2017At long last, Japanese electronic music hero Cornelius has announced plans for a new studio album, marking his first in over a decade.
The producer/songwriter born Keigo Oyamada revealed that his new studio effort will be called Mellow Waves, and it will arrive in Japan on June 28 via Warner. The release will be Oyamada's first proper Cornelius album — soundtracks, side-projects and reissues aside — since 2006's Sensuous.
The album's first single "Anata Ga Irunara" just came out in Japan today (April 26) as a 7-inch, with the second single "Itsuka / Dokoka" also due out on 7-inch on May 24. Both singles feature lyrics penned by beloved ex-Yura Yura Teikoku leader Shintaro Sakamoto, as well as exclusive non-album B-sides. It's unclear, though, if Sakamoto is providing his own vocals on either single.
Below you can check out a teaser featuring some new soundscapes via an album teaser: here. So far, the album art and tracklist have not been revealed for the album.
While Sensuous is the last proper Cornelius album, Oyamada's project has been far from inactive in recent years. Cornelius released his NHK デザインあ (aka Design A) soundtrack in 2013, followed by a pair of Ghost in the Shell soundtracks in 2013 and 2015, respectively.
He also put out the rarities effort Constellations of Music in 2015, as well as teamed up with supergroup Metafive for the Meta album last year and an expanded vinyl reissue of Cornelius's beloved 1997 album Fantasma.
This past weekend, Cornelius even celebrated Record Store Day with a new EP with Penguin Cafe.