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Fantasma Import

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From the first cut--"Mic Check," one of the coolest disc openers heard in ages--it's apparant that Fantasma is something special. To hear electronic musician Cornelius (aka Keigo Oyamada) in full effect, skip ahead to "Monkey," which bends blistering shoe-gazing rock with goofy sound effects, lush, surf's up vocals, and a pleasantly modulating 1980s synth with a loud, distorting drum-roll sample. Cornelius's rock-savvy, playful, and idiosyncratic musical collage works as much off the tension between disparate, sampled sounds as their seamless dance alongside each other. Fantasma is firmly in the spirit of the anything-goes, D.I.Y. tradition of both punk rock and early hip-hop. --Mike McGonigal

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Fantasma, [Cornelius's] third full-length and debut U.S. album, is an exuberant kaleidoscope of hip-hop, noisecore, film soundtracks, cheesy listening, indie rock, even Sesame Street.... Fantasma is an endearing music-obsessive-comes-of-age tale--from Saturday morning TV to arena rock to bootleg Jean-Jacques Perrey reissues--but once the initial weirdness-buzz wears off, there's not a whole lot to latch onto. -- Spin

Cornelius makes his eagerly awaited U.S. debut with Fantasma--a combination of Becklike, rock-hop arrangements and catchy Beatles-inspired melodies.... Fantasma is brilliant. Cornelius's innovations will definitely excite futuristic B-boys and rockers alike. -- Vibe

Performer/producer/Japanese indie legend Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada) offers up a visionary, visual sound that's as generous as it is lavish. On his first stateside release, Cornelius indulges his listeners by indulging his own precocious imagination. Multidimensional and multilingual, the all-embracing spirit of Fantasma happily hoards the commodity-culture excesses of yesteryear's Top 40, Planet of the Apes trivia, pop-metal, and up-to-the-minute computer-rock marginalia. But Oyamada isn't a pack rat, instead, reusing his resources to produce a precious new kind of throw away pop that more than recycles and regurgitates its found sounds. -- Option

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Mic Check
  2. The Micro Disneycal World Tour
  3. New Music Machine
  4. Clash
  5. Count Five Or Six
  6. Magoo Opening
  7. Star Fruits Surf Rider
  8. Chapter 8 - Seashore And Horizon
  9. Free Fall
  10. 2010
  11. God Only Knows
  12. Thank You For The Music
  13. Fantasma


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: March 24, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00000649T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,619 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm a musician who started gigging in the sixties, and I've been enjoying my own muse and listening happily to the creations of others for years. Whenever I hear something new, I try to make my mind blank and my expectations non-existent, so that I won't be impressed by anything but the aural experience. I have a disdain for genre... by that, I mean, I don't like automatically assuming that any genre will have examples that are good or bad. My goal (to be honest, not always achieved) is that each new listening experience be as if I was hearing music for the first time.
That being said, I must admit to having a fairly open attitude to lots of music, although surely, much of it is so-so. So much that I hear is O.K., but doesn't ring any new bells.
<< ENTER CORNELIUS >> The first time I heard CORNELIUS was on HBO's Reverb show (live), and I was in a position where I couldn't see the screen. Wow. Zing. Music. Interesting. Listen to that! Timing. Grit. This is new! TILT!
I ran to the screen to catch the name. The band was exuberant. At the time I didn't realize that CORNELIUS had a one-man nerve-center like Nine Inch Nails. But the CD is so wonderfully woven that it is no surprise that live musicians become so launched in the playing. And the more I have hear the more I smile, because I'm hearing a free soul who is enjoying music with abandon and WE get to play! Merely listening transports us to the mega-sandbox come rocket to inner-space. And not only is the CORNELIUS creation an act of innocence, but one of neuro-musical understanding. It soothes and excites bodily impulses, as it cures the fitful synapse. When I stand back and summarize, I wonder... how long has it been since something this HIP was so POSITIVE.
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Cornelius. A nutty Japanese guy that patches together more genres than your grandma does quilts!

This album, while not being overly innovative on a track by track basis, still leaves you with the distinct feeling that its the only album of its kind.

Encompassing smooth hip hop beats, samples and scratch trickery, cut and paste wizardry, perfect pop sensability, gorgeous harmonies, the full palette of instruments, crunching distortion, jangly acoustic strumming, blips and bops, and more!

Genres covered include big beat, psychadelica, folk, metal, hip hop, surf rock, space rock, beach boys pop, latin, IDM electronica, and list dont stop! All contained in at times frantic ADD song structures and other times cruisy laid back pop.

A masterful cut and paste collage of everything pop music has covered, and everything a production and pop genuis like cornelius is capable of.
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By A Customer on March 25, 1999
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My five stars don't come cheap, but this record earns them from beginning to end.
Cornelius is like a happy kid mixing together everything in his crazy huge chemistry lab of sound, but he handles his ingredients with the skill and style of an expert habache chef.
The album ranges from cartoon music to straight-out punk to dreamy pop sounds. Imagine little pink bunny rabbits hopping out from a portrait of Beethoven on a retro-space-show background -- that's the liner art!
A serious trip for your ears and, dare I say it, brain candy as well.
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I was pretty surprised at the depth of this album when I first heard it. I had only heard "Mic Check" and "Count Five or Six" from the Wire Tapper, and Matador Three CD box set, respectivily. So I was somewhat prepared to what it was going to sound like. But one thing that I didn't expect was the line running through the album. Everything's connected, most of the songs run together. What makes it more amazing (and, to explain the title, like a book) is that it has many elements that most albums leave out. Most importantly, it's got foreshadowing (I won't say how, you figure it out) and a kind of a "look back on the entire album" track at the end. Quite impressive. I look forward to hearing more from that strange Japanese lad
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A combination of Techno and J-Rock, Cornelius' "Fantasma" is a musical atomic blast of huge proportion. The listener is put on alert with "Mic Check" that he is in for a surprising and satisfying listening experience. For lovers of purcussion, "Music Machine" will capture you and send you home to try to mimic the pounding rythems that punctuate this song. Like all great collections, "Fantasma" gets better with each listening. Screw the rent; buy "Fantasma" today.
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Fantsama es un disco único. Los fanáticos de la música alternativa no pueden decirse tales sin haberlo escuchado. Creo que lo mismo sucede con los discos de Pizzicato Five, The Fantastic Plastic Machine, Pixies, Sonic Youth. Los los elemntos fundamentales del rock alternativo. Recomiendo a los que les gusten los grupos que nombré anteriormente que escuchen tres grupos Argentinos: Los Peligrosos Gorriones Francisco Bochatón Las Canoplas
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By A Customer on February 2, 2003
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I first heard star fruits surf rider on a channel 4 broadcast for the fuji rock festival - i was instantly hooked by the presentation and amazing lush chords and espically the wind instrument break down in the middle. The whole album is all killer no filler - and every song sounds different to the other , the album is a real musical journey!! i was totally into straight up rock music before hearing this , so i think if you have an open mind to new music this is a totally essential purchase!!
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