Tag: Cornelius

The Fredrikstad, Norway-based indie pop act Remington Super 60 — currently founding member, primary songwriter and producer Christoffer Schou, Elisabeth Thorsen and longtime collaborator Magnus Abelsen — can trace its origins back to 1998 when the band’s founder started the project as a Casio synth pop band. Throughout the band’s 20 plus year history, its sound has bounced back and forth between Casio synth pop and 60s-inspired bubblegum pop drawing from Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, The Velvet Underground, Stereolab, The High Llamas, Cornelius, Yo La Tengo, Eggstone over the course of a handful of albums, EPs and appearances on compilations released through a number of labels across the world.

The band’s latest EP, the simply titled New EP was released last year through Christoffer Schou’s Cafe Superstar Recordings. The EP continues to showcase the band’s hook-driven take on pop. Interestingly, the EP’s latest single is the dreamy “I Don’t Want to Wait.” Centered around shimmering synth arpeggios, a sinuous bass line, Elisabeth Thorsen’s achingly plaintive vocals and an infectious hook, the Norwegian trio’s latest single may remind the listener of JOVM mainstays Still Corners, as well as Belle and Sebastian — but with a breezy yet autumnal wistfulness.

 

 

 

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Remington Super 60 is a Fredrikstad, Norway-based indie pop act, currently comprised of founding member, primary songwriter and producer, Christoffer Schou, Elisabeth Thorsen and longtime collaborator Magnus Abelsen. The band can trace its origins back to 1998 when Schou founded it as a Casio synth pop band — and although the project’s sound has bounced back and forth between Casio synth pop and 60s-inspired bubblegum pop throughout their recorded output, which includes a handful of albums and EPs, the project has always been inspired by Burt Bacharach, Brian Wilson, The Velvet Underground, Stereolab, The High Llamas, Cornelius, Yo La Tengo, Eggstone and others.

The Norwegian pop act’s latest single, “The Highway Again” is centered around shimmering and arpeggiated keys, a sinuous and propulsive bass line and some gorgeous harmonizing — and while bearing an uncanny resemblance to Belle & Sebastian, the track reveals a deliberate attention to craft paired with a heartfelt earnestness.

 

 

 

 

Although he’s performed in a number of renowned Japanese acts including Flipper’s Guitar, multi-instrumentalist and electronic music artist Keigo Oyamada is perhaps best known to international audiences with his solo recording project Cornelius, which was named as a homage to the character in Planet of the Apes; in fact, with the 1997 release of his full-length solo debut Fantasma, Oyamada received attention for a cut and paste sound that was compared to the likes of Beck and The Beastie Boys but paired with the sort of orchestral arrangements, samples  and production techniques that reminded some of Brian Wilson. And as a result of the interest around his work Oyamada quickly became a highly-sought after producer and remixer, who worked with the likes of Blur, Bloc Party, MGMT, James Brown and others. Adding to a growing internationally recognized profile, Oyomada has played in Yoko Ono’s re-formed Plastic Ono Band and as a member of Yellow Magic Orchestra. And in his native country, Oyomada has co-produced and co-written for up-and-coming Japanese artist SalyuXSalyu. And interestingly enough, Oyomada has contributed music to Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and Ghost in the Shell Arise. 

Fantasma had been long out of of print until Lefse Records recently released a re-mastered version of the album, complete with unreleased bonus tracks, including “Taylor,” a genre-meshing and genre-busting song that possesses elements of hip-hop breakbeats, funk, soul, glitchy electronica and random vocal samples. Sonically, the song manages to be challenging while being accessible enough to be played at a rave or an enormous summer festival.

Oyomada will be making his first Stateside performances in over 8 years over October and September, where he’ll be performing the material off Fantasma. Check out the tour dates below.


Tour dates:

8/4 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater

8/6 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theater

8/8 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater

8/10 Denver, CO – Gothic Theater

8/12 Eau Claire, WI – Eaux Claires Festival

8/13 Chicago, IL – Park West