Due through Rostrum Records, the new record represents the Blur and MGMT associate’s first in over a decade following Sensuous in 2006. Since that time, the Japanese musician has released a number of remix albums and contributed to film and TV scores. Mellow Waves was previously teased with early singles “If You’re Here” and “Sometime/Some Place”.
In an interview with Stereogum, Oyamada discussed the special sonic themes that led to Mellow Waves’ creation:
“I think it would be the tremolo sound. On the past couple of albums, I really worked everything out on a grid, in terms of laying out the sounds. But this time, I was more interested in something moving over that grid, a continuous form that sort of waved over it. Some kind of winding line, a continuous line of sound that was on top of that grid.
In the past, I used words more as an instrument. I would use literal words as building blocks. But on Mellow Waves, there was something much more melodic about it. There was something about a melody and singing that appealed to me. I had done all these projects and done all this producing and live performances, all of these different aspects of music, that reflected back to me and made me realize I hadn’t been writing songs to be sung by myself. So this was definitely something I was conscious of: I was going to write music that I was going to sing in a melodic way.”
Mellow Waves Artwork:
Mellow Waves Tracklist:
01. If You’re Here
02. Sometime / Someplace
03. Dear Future Person
04. Surfing on Mind Wave pt 2
05. In a Dream
06. Helix / Spiral
07. Mellow Yellow Feel
08. The Spell of a Vanishing Loveliness
09. The Rain Song