The coolest and quirkiest... Cibo Matto

Posted on June 16, 2013 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

I rarely write about music on this blog but in fact, music has always been essential in my life. I don't buy many CDs now ( like everyone else, I have switched to downloading online) because I am running out of space for them; having bought over 700 ( a rough estimation) in the past ranging from pop to world, rock, electronics, jazz, instrumental, bossa nova, Cuban, tango, soundtrack and classical.

Recently, I found out that the New York-based band, Cibo Matto ( with two main Japanese members) has reunited and will be releasing a new album, I was quite excited and immediately searched for their first album, "Viva! La Woman" from my collection. It's still refreshing to listen to this album again even though it was released in 1996. It's almost hard to categorised their genre because it seems to be a fusion of trip hop, indie and Shibuya-kei, but the lyrics are often fun and slight bizarre.

Then I got even more excited when I found out that they will be playing at Meltdown festival curated by Yoko Ono at the Southbank Centre. Finally last night I went to see them play live which made me love them even more! The energy and vibe at the concert was superb, the audience stood up and danced to the music after some encouragement from the lead singer, Miho Hatori.

The big surprise of the evening was to see Sean Lennon ( who was also a band member) and Yoko Ono who came on stage for their last song of the evening, "Know your chicken". By this time, the place was roaring with excitement, and it was hard to believe the legend dancing and singing on stage is already 80 because she seemed so much younger and so full of energy. Shocking.

Now I am really looking forward to their new album and will happily add it to my CD collection!


Live at Meltdown festival at Southbank Centre


Here are also two music videos from their first album, Viva! La Woman including the super cool "Sugar water" directed by the well-known French director Michel Gondry:


"Sugar Water" from Viva! La Woman directed by Michel Gondry


"Know your chicken" from Viva! La Woman


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