Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine on LP
One of the most beloved and critically-acclaimed bands of the late '90s, Cibo Matto pioneered post-genre freakout long before the digital shuffle. Spiking their artful pop songs with rap, funk, jazz, Brazilian, African, and Latin sounds, they placed in Spin’s “Top Albums of the 90’s” and Time magazine’s “Best Hip Hop Albums of All Time.” During a brief two-record career they graced major magazine covers and were immortalized on an early episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
Post breakup the band received a “Best Of” overview from Rhino Records in 2007, and their track “Sugar Water” appeared in the Nip/Tuck series finale in 2010. All along Miho Hatori and Yuka Honda have continued to record projects both pop and avant garde, have guested on records by the Beastie Boys, Gorillaz, and in 2012 performed (as Cibo Matto) at a KCRW concert at the Hollywood Bowl.
Returning to the studio to record their first record in fifteen years, Cibo Matto has made their most impressive and cinematic album to date with Hotel Valentine, a 10-song set packed with kaleidoscopic grooves, demented horns, crazy synthesizers and funky-but-chic blasts of pure danceability.
"Hotel Valentine was the first song we wrote together for this album. It thus represents the genesis of our concept or story, but in a way it seems that explaining too much would prevent listeners from coming to their own conclusions about each song as well as about the whole project. Yes, there is a ghost girl, a hotel, housekeeping ladies and things happen. But they are elusive in nature.
"Having spent some time apart, we became more aware of our magical chemistry, our magnetic bond. We both realized we had unfinished business. Hotel Valentine is the cinematic bricolage of Yuka and me. Our medium is music. For me, making an album is like raising a child. We don't know what kind of person (story) they will end up to be.” - Hatori
Cibo Matto Hotel Valentine Track Listing:
1. Check In
2. Deja Vu
3. 10th Floor Ghost Girl
4. Emerald Tuesday
6. Hotel Valentine
7. Empty Pool
10. Check Out