The Showbox Downtown
Tues March 13, 8:30 pm All Ages
Recommended by Andrew Hamlin
Cornelius, stage name of Keigo Oyamada, does pretty much what he feels like doing, which is fine by me. His new album, Mellow Waves, finds Keigo in an adult contemporary mode, mellow indeed, tremolo-ing tones, synth bass (probably synth-patch bass, these days), and delivering lyrics in Japanese. Listen closely enough, though, and you’ll find him playing with accents, time signatures, bloops and blorks buried deep in the background. It’s not quite the Carpenters, but these relaxing tunes incorporate the confusion of the 21st century even as they look forward to more blissed-out climes.