Cornelius X IDEA: Mellow Waves

  • Price: USD $25.00 postpaid (international SAL shipping included)
  • Designers: IDEA
  • Publisher: Seibundo Shinkosha
  • Categories: Idea + Publications

This new 128-page softcover book was released in conjunction with the release of Cornelius’ latest album “Mellow Waves”. Included is a CD single of a new song available only with Cornelius X IDEA: Mellow Waves.

This book is a great overview of the career of Cornelius, AKA Keigo Oyamada, and comes hot on the heels of his first album in 11 years. The first chapter is dedicated to an examination of the new LP, while the remainder of the book is a thorough overview of the graphic design of his extraordinary career. Also included are Japanese language interviews with Keigo Oyamada, Tadayoshi Nakabayashi, Yugo Nakamura, Koichiro Tsujikawa, groovisions and Masakazu Kitayama.

This book is a must for individuals interested in music packaging, Japanese pop culture, and Shibuya-kei music. Plus, it has that CD… We’ve written extensively about Oyamada’s career over at Neojaponisme—as discussed in Simon Reynolds’ book Retromania, Cornelius is exemplary of a fascination with and heralding in of retro culture that helped to define an era in Japan in terms of music and design.

Highly, highly recommended.

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