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Bibio - Sleep On The Wing
Sleep On The Wing
LP | 2020 | UK | Original (Warp)
21,99 €*
Release:2020 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Bibio’s new mini-LP Sleep On The Wing sees Stephen Wilkinson continuing the sonic evolution that we heard on 2019’s Ribbons LP. Indeed, this album goes even further than Ribbons did in terms of leaning into the sounds of classic folk music - whereas Ribbons often balanced folkish timbres with the electronic and ambient tones Bibio had explored on prior releases, Sleep On The Wing is a largely acoustic affair. When synthesisers and effects take centre-stage, as they do on a track like ‘Crocus’, the treatment remains light and naturalistic.

There is a sprightliness to Sleep On The Wing that is inherited from the likes of the Incredible String Band. Tracks like ‘The Milkyway Over Ratlinghope’ sparkle and soar, the multitudes of stringed instruments thronging sonorously while harmonies hover languidly above them. At other points - ‘Lightspout’ and ‘Otter Shadows’, for instance - Bibio uses found sounds and relatively lo-fi production to imbue these tracks with the orange hue of a country sunset.

Bibio uses plucked strings to provide Sleep On The Wing with a gentle rhythmic thrust. However, there are points where these sounds are draped with electronic textures to create something more complex - on ‘A Couple Swim’, a track that Wilkinson initially submitted to be used in the Studio Ghibli film The Red Turtle, guitars are flecked with delay and echo to create something that sounds like an English folk version of Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint.

Sleep On The Wing is a set of wistful and wonderful modern-day folk instrumentals from the evergreen Bibio.
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Bibio - Phantom Brickworks
Phantom Brickworks
2LP | 2017 | UK | Original (Warp)
25,99 €*
Release:2017 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
“I don’t believe in ghosts but I do believe places can be haunted by meaning. Places change, not always for the better and not always by natural, benevolent or politically sound means. A place can be charged with atmosphere because of what it has been through or what it has been.
Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times - some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.”
— Bibio
Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue
Ambivalence Avenue
2LP | 2009 | Reissue (Warp)
24,99 €*
Release:2009 / Reissue
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder available from 13.11.2020
Bibio - Ribbons Black Vinyl Edition
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Bibio - Phantom Brickworks (IV & V)
Phantom Brickworks (IV & V)
12" | 2018 | UK | Original (Warp)
17,99 €*
Release:2018 / UK – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Bibio continues Phantom Brickworks on this limited 12inch.
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