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Though it has been 11 years since his last album, Keigo Oyamada never really went away. The studio wizard known as Cornelius has spent the past decade diversifying his portfolio: creating soundtracks for anime and educational TV; playing in electro super-group Metafive and collaborating with J-pop singer Salyu; touring with Yoko Ono and Yellow Magic Orchestra; and remixing everyone from Philip Glass to Sakanaction.

Speaking to The Japan Times last summer, Oyamada gave a prosaic reason for reviving his solo project: “I want to do some of the things I couldn’t do in those contexts,” he said, referring to his various extracurricular activities. “I haven’t had much chance to do vocals, so I think I’m going to make a bunch of songs I can sing myself.”

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