Boomkat Product Review:
Cornelius "Point" was a definitive moment in 90s indie as it almost single handedly evolved the genre beyond American "college rock" to something global. Originally released on Matador, it's gone on to sell hundreds of thousands of records and create too many to count devotees from Beck to The Strokes to Phoenix and beyond. The sound on 'Point' is an amalgamation of Folk, Bacharachian whimsy, punk, electronica and, above all, Pop.
The intrigue is supplied with the diversification and experimentation with technique employed by Keigo in his studio :unusual field recordings, the sounds of trickling water, delicate filtration adjustments and so on. The opening ‘Bug’ sets the scene perfectly, accoustic foundations and a chug-a-long rhythm, the vocal sounding vaguely Stereolab/High Llamas -ish, but the behind-the-scenes constructions steal the show, birds chirping and an intricate assemblage of barely recognisable found sounds that somehow manage to avoid creating clutter and expand on the pop aesthetic.
‘Brazil’ employs a Vocoded computerised speech emulator for the vocal, but stays clear of electropop and instead offers a lovely and somewhat tongue-in-cheek cover of the classic samba of the same name, all refreshingly soothing and entertaining. 12” track ‘Drop’ expands with enough loveliness to fill you with sunshine, before the slowly punctuated drum machine flow of ‘Tone Twilight Zone’ strums away into the sunset blissfully.
A perfect pop album, and what could be better?