Cornelius Treats 'Fantasma' to Expanded Vinyl Reissue
Published Apr 27, 2016In recent years, Cornelius has delved into the soundtrack world, releasing a trio of scores in his native Japan. But while there's still no word on an official studio follow-up to 2006's Sensuous, Keigo Oyamada will be giving his late '90s North American breakthrough, Fantasma, a deluxe vinyl reissue.
The repress is due June 10 as a double LP through Lefse Records, with Post Modern handling a digital release. After playing with Japanese indie pop heroes Flipper's Guitar and releasing two solo albums under the Cornelius moniker, Fantasma was first issued in Japan through Trattoria/Polystar in 1997 before being released in North America a year later through Matador.
The record was celebrated for its cut-and-paste approach, with Cornelius being dubbed a "modern day Brian Wilson" at the time for his lush production style. Following the release of this "kaleidoscopic, genre-hopping joy ride," the artist was tapped to produce and remix artists like Blur, Beck, Bloc Party, MGMT and James Brown.
Fantasma has since gone out of print on vinyl here in North America, but the update will find the set spread across two LPs and housed in a gatefold sleeve. The original 13-song cycle takes up the first three sides of vinyl, while the D side is filled with four bonus tracks from the era.
In addition to the tracklisting info, you'll find a video for its "Star Fruits Surf Rider" down below. You can pre-order the reissue here.
While Sensuous was the last proper studio album from Cornelius, he 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. Most recently, he issued the rarities comp Constellations of Music last year in Japan.
1. Mic Check
2. The Micro Disneycal World Tour
3. New Music Machine
5. Count Five Or Six
7. Star Fruits Surf Rider
8. Chapter 8 (Seashore And Horizon)
9. Free Fall
11. God Only Knows
12. Thank You For The Music
16. Ball In Kick Off
17. Typewrite Lesson