Cibo Matto Tantalize Taste Buds With Deliciously Decadent Beats On The Santa Monica Pier [REVIEW+PHOTOS] REVIEW+PHOTOS: Cibo Matto at Santa Monica Pier's Twilight Concert 8/25/16
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Close your eyes and picture this: you’re on a beach, the cool breeze kissing your skin and gently tossing your hair gently. You open your eyes to see technicolor dolphins jumping about the waves, stopping briefly to give you a knowing nod. A cool beverage descends from above and rests right beside you. You take a sip to find it’s filled with notes of passion fruit and sour patch kids. Yes, this sounds crazy. No, we have not discovered a new species of water mammal. And no, strangely fruity beverages just don’t magically descend from the heavens.
At the Santa Monica Pier on August 25th, one could have experienced all of the above sensations by attending the performance of the Japanese duo Cibo Matto laying down the sweetest and most perplexing (in the greatest of ways) beats the Twilight Concerts Series has ever heard. From the moment they took to the stage, Miho Hatori & Yuka C. Honda had my toes tapping and my mouth rapping along to each song.
Their music possessed my body, and the rest of the audiences’ as well. The synthy slides on the piano from Yuka possessed my hips, and with each change in key or shift in theme, I dipped and grooved to their uniquely exotic beats. Cibo Matto’s melodies are so refreshingly original that I can’t think of another musical act one could even compare them to. Miho’s siren-esque vocals give me chills from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet.
The group has not put out an album since 2011’s Hotel Valentine, but don’t mistake that for meaning they haven’t been hard at work. When she isn’t sampling beats and providing backing melodies, Yuka Honda has been hard at work producing music for New York based artists like Vincent Gallo and Dave Douglas. Miho Hatori has worked on her solo career since the group disbanded in 2001, releasing Ecdysis in 2005. The girls have reunited since, and may I just say, thank god for that, because the world needs more music about food!
Confused? Most of Cibo Matto’s tunes are concerned with food. With song titles like “Know Your Chicken” to “Sci-Fi Wasabi”, “Beef Jerky” and “White Pepper Ice Cream”, I think you can get the general idea. If you weren’t thoroughly enamored with their unique sound, their music’s subject matter should charm you with a smile.
Honda and Hatori energized the crowd perfectly for the rest of the evening’s festivities. Here’s hoping that Cibo Matto keeps reuniting for more touring and new music. The world could certainly use more music from these badass, New York babes!
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