Bibio | Ribbons

Bibio | Ribbons


Warp Records
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On Purple vinyl.

2019 marks a decade since Bibio released his first LP on Warp. As such, it seems fitting that the one born Stephen Wilkinson will mark the occasion with new album Ribbons, his seventh for the label and the tenth of an impressive career. Where Wilkinson’s previous full-length Phantom Brickworks largely eschewed song-centric writing in favour of ambient soundscapes, Ribbons finds a way to balance the two sides of Bibio’s output. Lead single ‘Curls’ is a gorgeous psychedelic folk ballad. The way in which the track’s dreamy production brings together trilling strings, busy guitar and vocal close harmony gives ‘Curls’ a great hypnagogic feel. The rest of Ribbons maintains this air of rose-tinted nostalgia. Golden-age Americana, disco, West Coast psych and more are all warmed up and tripped-out across the course of the record. Wilkinson’s use of field recordings and found sounds only adds to the evocative atmosphere.  

A1 Beret Girl
A2 The Art of Living
A3 Before
A4 Curls
B1 Ode To A Nuthatch
B2 Watch The Flies
B3 It's Your Bones
B4 You Couldn't Even Hear The Birds Singing
C1 Pretty Ribbons And Lovely Flowers
C2 Erdaydidder-erdiddar
C3 Frankincense And Coal
C4 Old Graffiti
D1 Patchouli May
D2 Valley Wulf
D3 Quarters
D4 Under A Lone Ash