Cibo Matto: Purveyors of Lush Downtempo Pop
by Dave Segal
on Sat, Mar 1, 2014 at 3:16 PM
(Crocodile) Cibo Matto spent a chunk of the ’90s being perhaps the cutest purveyors of song-based, downtempo funk. Their sugary, quirky dance tunes somehow wormed their way into the hiphop-hipster hearts of the Grand Royal crowd, and core members Yuko Honda and Miho Hatari wound up moonlighting in that label’s raucous blues-funk-rock combo, Butter 08. After a long hiatus (their last full-length was 1999’s Stereo Type A), Japanese-American trio Cibo Matto have made a strong return to the recorded realm—sans the versatile Sean Ono Lennon—with Hotel Valentine. What little we’ve heard of it sounds more atmospheric and “mature,” but not in a dull way. Rather, the music’s more alluring and subtle, if not as danceable. The great reviews pouring in suggest that Cibo Matto still have that spunky Clinton-era charm in abundance. With Salt Cathedral.