Metafive at the Montreux Jazz Festival Japan

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Metafive — the supergroup featuring Keigo Oyamada (Cornelius), Towa Tei, Yoshinori Sunahara, Yukihiro Takahashi, Tomohiko Gondo, and Leo Imai — will be performing next month at the special Japan edition of the Montreux Jazz Festival (October 7, at the Garden Hall). Would so love to see them live — and love Cornelius’s look in the group photo.

Salyu x Salyu

I’ll be honest, I haven’t been excited about any music coming out of Japan in quite a while, but as I mentioned in that quick post on the new episode of Codex, I am absolutely in love with the new album by Salyu (using the name “Salyu x Salyu”), s(o)un(d)beams, produced by Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada). It’s basically like getting a new Cornelius record, but an inspired one (something I did not feel with 2006’s Sensuous).

Here is a video for the first single from the album, but even better is to experience it using the Chrome Music Mixer (and here’s another video that sort of replicates the same effect). There’s also an iPhone app music visualizer based on the album.