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Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine

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Cibo Matto - Hotel Valentine

Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine
2014 – Chimera Music

You know that type of album where it’s just someone’s voice and an acoustic guitar? Those are nice, right? That’s not this. Thank the fictitious creator – sometimes you just want your blip-hop receptors massaged – and without getting all Portisheaded or Bjorked in the process.

Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori Check-In to Cibo Matto’s self-produced Hotel Valentine with an immediate groove appropriately less stippled with high-hats than current-era Thom Yorke. There’s a precision to every moment, and an attention to detail that is sonic leaps and bounds beyond their 1995 debut.

They set the stage for a breezy voyeuristic ghost-narrative where you’re immediately experiencing Déjà Vu and happily half-understanding the narrators. One thing is clear; you’re never quite as alone in Hotel Valentine as you think.

Also, someone in this song is high and/or dreaming and it might be the 10th Floor Ghost Girl – a jet-setting It-Girl with passport stamps from the haunted dance-floors of Brazil, Jamaica, Egypt, and Africa. If the jazzy interludes are any indication, she’s definitely into Digible Planet’s Blow-Out Comb. And I wouldn’t be surprised to find some Laurie Anderson and Ween in her collection, as well as a one-hitter in her apothecary.

Songs echo down the corridors of Hotel Valentine- like the Beck-ish Emerald Tuesday, or the stomping MFN (Mother Fuckin Nature) where we learn how the ghosts of maids will steal your weed to smoke it with Reggie Watts. Reggie aids and abets on this track and the blissfully quirky Housekeeping.

As we Check-Out, Cibo Matto slows down to a beautifully dreamy pace where distant crackling thunder is tempered only by mandolins and late-night guitar noodling. “You said you wanted to see the ocean,” the siren sings, and to whom, who knows. I’m just happy someone pressed record.

 

Fav Tracks 
Déjà Vu
10th Floor Ghost Girl
MFN
Empty Pool

Recording as Electronic Device, Brooklyn artist and writer Eric Curran releases his debut record "Two Dull Boys" in 2021.

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Self-Serving Interview with Electronic Device Does Little to Advance Musician’s Career

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Two men that look suspiciously alike meet outside a fictitious Brooklyn hot-spot – six feet apart.

MC Krispy E: Very nice to meet you. (squints) Have we met before?

Electronic Device: Maybe?

MC Krispy E: Is the rest of the band joining us?

Electronic Device: (pause) I am the rest of the band.

MC Krispy E: You are Electronic Device? What’s that about?

Electronic Device: Uhm, yeah, it’s like a pen name. You know what that is, right?

MC Krispy E: I have some idea.

Electronic Device: It was actually the name of one of my dad’s companies back in the day before…

MC Krispy E: (looking at his watch) Wonderful. So… it says here you have a new single called “All Things Come to an End” inspired by the death of your brother.

Electronic Device: Yeah, after my brother died I recorded songs as a form of therapy in his old bedroom in Staten Island.

MC Krispy E: And now I read that you have cancer. Am I supposed to feel extra sorry for you?

Electronic Device: Uhm…

MC Krispy E: It sounds like this album is going to be super depressing.

Electronic Device: It’s not, I swear. I was looking for some happiness while recording these songs, there’s not much of an agenda beyond that.

MC Krispy E: What kind of music is it?

Electronic Device: I wasn’t really thinking about influences while recording, but listening back I hear some Concrete Blonde, some Cracker.

MC Krispy: So bands no one is interested in?

Electronic Device: What the hell, man?

MC Krispy: Sorry, it’s almost like I can’t help it.  What’s the single about?

Electronic Device: I hate saying what a song is about because everything is up for interpretation.

MC Krispy E: Humor us.

Electronic Device: I can say that “All Things Come to an End” has multiple narrators, some of which are unreliable.

MC Krispy E: (stares)

Electronic Device: And that one day I was at my Dad’s house and when I turned the corner into the hallway my Dad thought I was my brother for a moment, which was super sad because of course I couldn’t be.

MC Krispy E: And then you wrote a whole song about that.

Electronic Device: I guess so. When you put it that way…

MC Krispy E: (yawning) Tell us when the single come out.

Electronic Device: The single is out now. The album comes out in 2021.

MC Krispy E: Well, good for you. And good luck with that cancer thing.

Electronic Device: Yeah, you too.

MC Krispy E: Thanks. What?

Recording as Electronic Device, Brooklyn artist and writer Eric Curran releases his debut record "Two Dull Boys" in 2021.

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Elvis Costello Hey Clockface

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Hey Clockface is the 31st studio album by singer-songwriter Elvis Costello. Costello recorded the record in Helsinki, Paris and New York, often allowing musicians to improvise around his vocal.

A sonic departure from his last album, the Grammy-winning Look Now, Clockface does shuffle in some Tin-Pan Alley style tracks, but also includes more  experimental moments like “No Flag” and the spoken word “Revolution #49.

With no tour on the horizon, Costello is back to work on more material and recently released a special vinyl edition of his classic 1979 album Armed Forces.

“I’ve got no religion. I’ve got no philosophy. I’ve got a head full of ideas and words that don’t seem to belong to me. – No Flag”

Recording as Electronic Device, Brooklyn artist and writer Eric Curran releases his debut record "Two Dull Boys" in 2021.

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McCartney III is Coming Up!

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McCartney III is the 18th solo album by ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, scheduled to be released on December 18th 2020 by Capitol Records. Like the first two self-named McCartney solo records in 1970 and 1980, McCartney III features Paul on all instruments.

McCartney III promises to be a return to form for Paul, who wrote, produced, and recorded the record in quarantine.

Recording as Electronic Device, Brooklyn artist and writer Eric Curran releases his debut record "Two Dull Boys" in 2021.

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