Release Date: Apr 24, 2007
Record label: Everloving
Genre(s): Indie, Rock
Review Summary: A Japanese artist called Cornelius releases an album that captures the essence of 50 years of Western music. What?Who would’ve guessed that an album that summarizes a good 50 years of Western music came from Japan? Yes, Keigo Oyamada, under the pseudonym of Cornelius, put together an album and a sound that draws from The Beatles, Brian Eno, and all the 80s synth the human mind can handle. Still, with all the influence of old, Sensuous sounds like an incredibly modern album; it sounds like something that might come out of Japan.
Sensuous is Keigo Oyamada's first album since Point in 2002. In the meantime he has exhibited an audio/visual project at the Barbican in London and become a father. Accordingly, this, his fifth album, combines a childlike playfulness with a cerebral execution. The conclusion of the opening title track sounds as though he has recorded his child messing with his guitar; the rest of the album is just as wayward, but recorded with robotic precision.
It's been a few years since Japan's Cornelius (aka Keigo Oyamada) released his last album, Point, though he's released a number of EPs and remixes in the meantime. After achieving international renown with the acclaimed Fantasma, Point was received with mixed reviews, despite being an entirely respectable release. Call it the difficulty of following up an overwhelmingly lauded album.