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Hotel Valentine is Cibo Matto's first release in 15 years. Yuka Honda (keyboards, samples) and Miho Hatori (vocals) have been busy with solo albums, production work, and separate collaborations in the meantime, and this reunion combines their collective experience into something familiar and nostalgic but not completely retro. While the playful genre-blurring that was the band's signature in the '90s is still present, there's also noticeable development in their songwriting. Based on a concept that revolves around a ghost living in a haunted hotel, Hotel Valentine's murky storyline is a good creative vehicle for this eccentric duo. Alternating between sweet vocals and her whimsical semi-rap delivery, Hatori tells the tale of a female ghost who eats, swims, smokes, and interacts with guests. The story isn't linear or easy to follow, but it does provide moments of humor, metaphor, and mystery. The overall mood is equally mercurial. Rippling dance grooves give way to abstract atmospheric tracks that swirl trip hop, electro-pop, and jazz and rock samples to create woozy environments with unpredictable tempo shifts.

Customer Reviews

Amazing Return!

I've love Cibo Matto since Stereo Type A came out in the late 90's…and really LOVE Miho's album that came out a few years ago. BUT I've been waiting for THIS album, to come out for what seems like forever.

With that said: It is an awesome and fun return. Though it would have been easy for Cibo Matto to do the same thing as their other two albums, Hotel Valentine is a totally new take on their sound. It feels familiar and band new at the same time, truly a hard feat for such veteran performers.

I love these ladies, and appreciate this album so much. Thanks for making me so happy. Great job.

Fun and Fresh!

Just when I was needing a fresh new sound, this album came just in time! Staying true to the Cibo Matto I've always loved! This is funky, fun new album sure to please any fan!


I thought I'd likely not get a chance to hear a new Cibo Matto album. Pleasantly surprised and well worth the wait.


Formed: 1994 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A Japanese-born duo relocated to New York and christened with an Italian band name, Cibo Matto's music mirrored the melting-pot aesthetics of their origins, resulting in a heady brew of funk samples, hip-hop rhythms, tape loops, and fractured pop melodies all topped off by surreal narratives sung in a combination of French and broken English. Cibo Matto comprised vocalist Miho Hatori and keyboardist/sampler Yuka Honda, a pair of expatriate Japanese women who arrived in the U.S. independently. Honda,...
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