Saturday, February 22, 2014

Cibo Matto

Cibo Matto 
For the first time in 15 years Cibo Matto dropped a new record. Hotel Valentine houses ten tracks and reminds us how unique their international hip-pop sound can be. This Hotel is not for everyone, and it's not as catchy as 1999's, Stereo Type A (which I loved). Maybe this album was intended to be a bit more indirect, the listener has to glean something richer from the atmospheric lyrics. Make no mistake, these two pop artists fully recognize the impact of a global culture that is constantly competing to stimulate and distract. The aforementioned process often leads to human disconnect or the loss of organic communication skills. Cibo Matto coaxingly gives us just enough, intentionally leaving the connections up to interpretation.

I'll attempt to decipher Valentine's sound. The second song, Deja Vu, collides with a world-beat blend of Sade and 90's Beck. Hard to imagine I know. I dig the upbeat pulse and funky twang of, 10th Floor Ghost Girl. Lounge music got the make over it's needed thanks to the title track. You can catch this duo at Slims on the 26th of this month. Below is a video of the first single, MFN.


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