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Bibio

Sunbursting EP

    Following on from a milestone 10th album and a string of reissues from earlier in his musical journey that dropped throughout the year, Bibio maintains the tradition of complementing each album with an EP. Enter the ‘Sunbursting EP’, which exists within the same musical realm as BIB10 whilst also delving into fresh concepts and sounds. Drawing inspiration from Brazilian and yacht rock influences, a diverse array of instruments intertwine with contributions from a number of collaborators including Olivier St. Louis, Óskar Guðjónsson, Dorian Concept and more. One for the endless summer.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Sorry (Won’t Cut It) Feat. Olivier St Louis
    2. Shine A Light On Your Mirror
    3. A Matter Of Fact
    4. Rosewoods
    5. All Of The Above
    6. Clay Dots
    7. Sunbursting Feat. Óskar Guðjónsson

    Bibio

    Vignetting The Compost - 2023 Reissue

      ”‘Vignetting The Compost’ partly draws on a theme of the endless cycle of life and death, of growth and decay and how the two are dependant on each other […] This album also explores the processes of pain, loss, suffering and healing, with an optimistic hopeful tone growing over the lamentation like ivy on a gravestone. I’ve always been fascinated with the quality of the imagination and dreams, how edges are unfinished and indefinite, unlike the boundaries of a cinema screen. In dreams, forms and details can seem vivid yet vague, impressionistic, powerful yet difficult to recall. These were the qualities and aesthetics that I focussed on with this album, including intertwining musical ‘vignettes’ amongst the more structured tracks.” – Bibio

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Flesh Rots, Pip Sown
      A2. Mr. & Mrs. Compost
      A3. Everglad Everglade
      A4. Dopplerton
      B1. Great Are The Piths
      B2. Odd Paws
      B3. Under The Pier
      B4. Weekend Wildfire
      C1. The Clothesline And The Silver Birch
      C2. Torn Under The Window Light
      C3. The Ephemeral Bluebell
      C4. Over The Far And Hills Away
      D1. Amongst The Bark And Fungus
      D2. Top Soil
      D3. Thatched
      D4. The Garden Shelter

      Bibio

      Ovals & Emeralds - 2023 Reissue

        “’Ovals & Emeralds’ explores particular themes that I found haunting as a child: outdated ornate Victorian design, dolls and clowns, automatons, wind up toys, fairgrounds and circuses. The goal was to evoke these themes through manipulation of my own instrumentation, rather than directly sampling fairground organs etc. Although there are some more playful moments on the EP, the dreamlike qualities often take the form of feverish nightmares, dizzying and disorientating with a dose of paranoia.” - Bibio

        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Oval Emerald Vertigo
        A2. The Death Of A Trapeze Artist
        A3. Carosello Ellitico
        B1. Six String Marenghi
        B2. Polycoulrophon
        B3. Segee And The Indian

        'I like contrast between my albums,' says Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio. 'When I finish an album, I crave doing something different for the next one.'

        No more so is this made apparent with Wilkinson hitting a major milestone, releasing his 10th studio album. Over those ten albums he has gracefully glided between electronica, ambient, folk, pop, indie, funk, soul and just about any other sonic avenue he’s decided to turn down. After 2019’s "Ribbons", an album he describes as organic and woody sounding with a psych folk vibe, for "BIB10" he decided early on that he wanted to use more synths, drum machines, and electric guitars. 'I wanted this album to sound more polished and slick, but not software perfect. My influences for studio production mostly come from the 60s, 70s, and 80s where the craft was very different - getting a more polished sound, without ironing the humanity out of it, was part of the ethos.'

        The result is an album heavy in grooves, be them looping guitar licks that lock into hypnotic swirls, buoyant funk beats, silky disco, texture-heavy soul explorations or that uniquely distinct tone that sounds like nobody other than Bibio. The tone here is rich, deep, resonant and conjures up a radiating warmth throughout.

        This is apparent on tracks such as the opening "Off Goes the Light" and first single, in which Wilkinson’s prominent vocals merge beautifully with the interlocking guitar melodies and immersive synth soundscapes. Even though, on the surface, this album at times feels like one of Wilkinson’s most outwardly electronic-sounding efforts, its roots are planted firmly to the guitar. 'I became more obsessed than ever with guitars in the last few years, particularly vintage guitars,

        This underlying ethos has never been clearer than on his 10th album, a record that captures the essence of Bibio’s journey to date, with clear sonic characteristics and styles present and linkable to the past, while still exploring fresh ground and looking to the horizon. It’s a celebration record in many senses. A statement we'd definitely agree with - an artist that's united our staff and customers over a near 20 year period. 


        TRACK LISTING

        A1. Off Goes The Light
        A2. Potion
        A3. Sharratt
        A4. Rain And Shine
        A5. S.O.L. Feat. Olivier St Louis
        B1. Cinnamon Cinematic
        B2. Even More Excuses
        B3. A Sanctimonious Song
        B4. Lost Somewhere
        B5. Phonograph
        B6. Fools Feat. Olivier St Louis

        Bibio

        Vidiconia (RSD21 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2021 EXCLUSIVE AND WILL BE AVAILABLE INSTORE ON SATURDAY JULY 17TH ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          IF THERE ARE ANY REMAINING COPIES THEY WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT 6PM ON THE SAME DAY (SATURDAY JULY 17TH).


          Brand new EP from Bibio featuring four beautiful haunting ambient pieces, reminiscent of his acclaimed Phantom Brickworks album.

          Bibio

          Hand Cranked - Vinyl Reissue

            Warp Records will reissue Bibio’s Hand Cranked album on vinyl for the first time. The album was originally released in 2006 by Mush and was one of the releases that caught the ear of the Warp label before signing Bibio for Ambivalence Avenue in 2009. That record will also be restocked on vinyl to coincide with this release. Hand Cranked, his second release, saw him delve further into the sounds he crafted on his debut, Fi, with a focus on saturated guitars, found sound and field recordings and an affinity for the pastoral inspiration of his Northern England surroundings.

            Hand Cranked stepped it up a level though, bringing in Bibio's unique take on folk and blending it with electronic loops; a sound that he would continue to help refine throughout his career. This fourteen track collection saw Bibio bring an increased confidence to his music, highlighting his virtuosic guitar playing and shedding light on his more whimsical pop inclinations that he's explored on releases since then. Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release over 10 years ago, Hand Cranked makes for a perfect lazy Sunday listening, a nostalgic drive through the country or simply a peak into an artist beginning to discover the full breadth of his talent.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1 The Cranking House
            A2 Cherry Go Round
            A3 Quantock
            A4 Black Country Blue
            A5 Marram
            A6 Aberriw
            A7 Zoopraxiphone
            A8 Dyfi

            B1 Ffwrnais
            B2 Woodington
            B3 Above The Rooftops
            B4 Snowbow
            B5 Maroon Lagoon
            B6 Overgrown

            Bibio

            Sleep On The Wing

              Bibio returns, just over a year on from his latest album Ribbons, with a new ten track EP titled Sleep On The Wing. The release follows a pattern Bibio has established in his work; releasing a follow up EP after an album exploring similar sonic ground. This release draws on a familiar range of influences from traditional folk, peaceful atmospheric soundscapes and field recordings from the natural world. Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio) once again demonstrates the breadth of his musicality, embracing a wide range of self-played instruments including the strings which gave Ribbons much of its flavour and features some new accouplements for good measure.

              Pieced together over the course of last year, with a few exceptions stretching back into Bibio’s older repertoire, the Sleep On The Wing EP is a largely instrumental collection that exhibits deep atmospheric melodies as observations on rural escapism, reflection and melancholia. Recorded in Bibio’s home studio in the UK midlands countryside, the writing process for this latest EP starts in a similar place to most of his previous works, growing from a guitar riff into a richly textured soundscape one instrument at a time.

              The sleeve artwork by notable illustrator Chris Wormell was developed by Bibio and Chris and lino-printed by Chris. Speaking about how the artwork happened, he explains: “It was an idea that came into my mind when thinking about the title. The bird - a swift - is a bird that apparently can sleep during flight and spends more of its life in flight than any other bird. It really is a creature of the air, the skies are its habitat. I wanted to have artwork that sees the world from the swift’s perspective. It was important to me that the landscape looked typically British, because the British rural landscape has been a never ending source of wonder for me, and the feeling that I try to induce in some of my music very much comes from this desire to really be at the heart of its unique qualities.”

              As on Ribbons, the surrounding nature seeps into the studio and underlies the essence of his music as it unfurls. This new work offers an in-depth study into the instrumentation and feelings surrounding this past year, imbued with revisited works which seem as poignant as they did when they were first composed over a decade ago.

              TRACK LISTING

              01. Sleep On The Wing
              02. A Couple Swim
              03. Lightspout Hollow
              04. Oakmoss
              05. Miss Blennerhassett
              06. The Milky Way Over Ratlinghope
              07. Awpockes
              08. Crocus
              09. Otter Shadows
              10. Watching Thus, The Heron Is All Pool

              Bibio returns in 2019 with ‘Ribbons’. Following his ambient atmospheric project, ‘Phantom Brickworks’, Stephen Wilkinson returns to the path of structured songwriting last explored on 2016’s ‘A Mineral Love’. Ribbons yields folkloric charm with an organic palette, incorporating a mostly acoustic-led approach exploring ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelia, soul, ambient, electronic and field recordings.

              The title ‘Ribbons’ is extracted from the most electronic-leaning track on the album, ‘Pretty Ribbons And Lovely Flowers’. On the track, haunting, processed female vocals illuminate a route through dark ambience and a repeating earthy distorted chord sequence. Referencing the endless ribbons of analogue tape and film used in his music, photography and cinematic work, the album artwork is designed by Wilkinson, where his portrait offers a window onto an English woodland scene with spring bluebells adorned with ribbons.

              Wilkinson’s folk influences span ‘60s and ‘70s styles from Britain, Ireland and America; he mixes influences of homegrown acid folk with the dreamy harmonies of its Californian counterpart. He also pays homage to his past J Dilla and Madlib-inspired works, this time drawing influence from the eras and records those producers sampled - such as ‘60s and ‘70s Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Sharp and other soul artists - but rather than relying on sampling records, Wilkinson creates his homages from scratch with appropriate instrumentation.

              With this latest album Wilkinson oscillates between genres, pairing the unknown with the familiar and moving forward in a way that only he knows how to.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: Bibio has straddled a wide variety of styles over his (almost) 15-year recorded output, from the lo-fi ambience of 'Fi', the syncopated folky pluckings of 'Silver Wilkinson' and 2016's pumping electronic odyssey, 'A Mineral Love'. This newest outing takes all those wonderfully accomplished but stylistically disparate outings and perfectly weaves them together into a languid but varied musical quilt for 'Ribbons'. Quintessentially Bibio but building upon his tendency for variety and creative expertise. Properly lovely stuff.

              TRACK LISTING

              Beret Girl
              The Art Of Living
              Before
              Curls
              Ode To A Nuthatch
              Watch The Flies
              It’s Your Bones
              You Couldn’t Even Hear
              The Birds Singing
              Pretty Ribbons And Lovely Flowers
              Erdaydidder-Erdiddar
              Frankincense And Coal
              Old Graffiti
              Patchouli May
              Valley Wulf
              Quarters
              Under A Lone Ash

              Bibio

              Phantom Brickworks

                Bibio returns with a new album titled ‘Phantom Brickworks’. The nine track collection demonstrates a more atmospheric side to the Warp wunderkind. ‘Phantom Brickworks’ is an eerie reminder of industries past, a tour of desolate buildings where nature has taken over man-made dereliction.

                “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 the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.” - Bibio.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Barry says: From 'A Mineral Love's grooving, disco-tinged synth-heavy body-movers to this haunting suite of stretched drones, tentative piano and dusty strings. It's quite a leap, but with a producer this skilled, it's no surprise it's as hypnotic and well made as anything else he's ever put out. Completely different, but just as brilliant.

                TRACK LISTING

                9:13
                Phantom Brickworks
                Pantglas
                Phantom Brickworks II
                Capel Celyn
                Phantom Brickworks III
                Ivy Charcoal
                Branch Line
                Capel Bethania

                Mark Pritchard / Bibio / Clark

                A Badman Sound / Heath Town / Inf Inf Inf Inf

                  THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

                  Record Store Day rave 12” from Warp mainstays Mark Pritchard, Bibio and Clark.

                  Mark Pritchard kicks off the 12 with throwback jungle anthem ‘A Badman Sound’; the classic Amen break gets laced with rave stabs and intermittent dub sirens.

                  ‘Heath Town’ is the opposite of what you’d expect from Bibio. In particular, the second half takes stylistic cues from ‘A Badman Sound’ and features the popular, euphoric James Brown-produced ‘Yeah Woo’ sample.

                  Clark winds down with ‘Inf Inf Inf Inf’, a more ambient sound that brings in broken beats and is reminiscent of early Aphex Twin.

                  2016 is an exciting year for all three artists:

                  In May, Mark Pritchard is releasing his first album under his own name.

                  In April, Bibio releases his fifth album on Warp, A Mineral Love.

                  And after releasing his most successful album yet in late 2014, Clark returns with ‘The Last Panthers’ record, inspired by his score of the Sky Arts drama series of the same name.

                  For fans of: Aphex Twin, Autechre, Special Request, Om Unit

                  Vinyl 12" in 3mm spine sleeve with centre holes (in Warp house bag).

                  Limited to 500 copies.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  Mark Pritchard – A Badman Sound
                  Bibio – Heath Town
                  Clark – Inf Inf Inf Inf

                  Bibio

                  Fi - Warp Edition

                    Originally released in limited numbers on American imprint Mush in 2005, "Fi" introduced Stephen James Wilkinson's Bibio project to the wider world. Not only did this assured debut catch the ear of major influence Boards Of Canada, but it also won him plenty of fans at UK electronica bastion Warp, who've supported Bibio ever since. This reissue will certainly help fans join the dots between then and now, with ambient and folk still being his main crossover point, just as it was a decade ago. Highlights on here are the looped and layered banjo workout of "Bewley In White", the sombre acoustic expressions of "Puffer" or "Cantaloup" (the latter sounding like it was recorded on a broken tape machine and to interesting effect) and the creepy lo-fi ambience of "I'm Rewinding It".

                    “Fi is a special album for me because it still reminds me of those happy days of discovery, where I had very little in the way of equipment or music production knowledge, but somehow managed to find a sound I could call my own,” - Bibio

                    "Bibio is the antidote to the modern laptopia of pristine electronic music, curing us with majestic drones, gnarly disintegrating guitars and warbling tape loops filtered through your parent's broken 1970's hi-fi" - Marcus Eoin, Boards of Canada

                    TRACK LISTING

                    1. Cherry Blossom Road
                    2. Bewley In White
                    3. Puffer
                    4. Cluster At CWM Einion
                    5. London Planes
                    6. It Was Willow
                    7. I'm Rewinding It...
                    8. Looking Through The Facets Of A Plastic Jewel
                    9. Wet Flakey Bark
                    10. Bewley In Grey
                    11. Teleidophonic Torch
                    12. Puddled In The Morning
                    13. At The Chase
                    14. Cantaloup Carousel
                    15 Lakeside
                    16 Bewley In Red
                    17 Poplar Avenue (Uncut)


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