Hotel Valentine, fittingly released on February 14, is the first album in 15 years from Cibo Matto, the Japanese expat duo of Yuko Honda and Miho Hatori. Long connected to the New York downtown avant-garde mob, Hatori and Honda have been plenty busy in the interim, working on solo projects and collaborating with Yoko Ono, Martha Wainwright, and Gorillaz. Their reunion again unleashes the giddy synthesis of wildly disparate styles — pop, jazz, hip-hop, Brazilian, African, just for starters — that characterized their groundbreaking work in the '90s, this time built around the concept of a haunted hotel. The ghostly guests are by turns playfully and soberly enigmatic: "The afterworld is more civilized than the one I used to live in," says one in "Lobby." The music similarly ranges from bouncy pop-hop fantasies tinged with new wave or swinging London horns to spooky, echoey electronica. Japanese rock trio Buffalo Daughter opens.
Tue., March 4, 7 p.m., 2014
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