DJ Pick of the Week: Cornelius, 'If You're Here'


Cornelius, artist photo
Artist photo of Cornelius (Masayoshi Sukita)

Cornelius — yes, taking his name from The Planet of the Apes character — is a huge star in his homeland of Japan. He never really achieved success in the States, touring only sporadically during the late 1990s and early 2000s behind albums released on Matador Records: '98's Fantasma and 2002's Point.

In 2002, I managed to catch Cornelius playing a support slot to Air at a show in Munich. It was one of the best concert performances I've ever seen, especially because of the syncopation of the live music and visual effects. I heard good reports of Cornelius's show last year at Eaux Claires, too, where he played Fantasma in its entirety.

So it was a very pleasant surprise to hear that Cornelius is ending a hiatus of 11 years with a new release coming July 1. The video for the first single, "If You're Here," gives you an idea of what he's capable of. It's the best use of coffee, cigarettes and keychains ever!

No dates for a tour, yet, but let's keep our fingers crossed.


Cornelius - official site

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    Cornelius takes his name from the character of the same name from 'The Planet of the Apes'; this file picture shows British actor Roddy McDowall as Cornelius in the 1968 film. (FILES/AFP/Getty Images)

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