"Mind Bokeh" by Bibio on iTunes

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

107 Ratings

Brilliant Boulevard

greenman2125,

1.Excuses: An emotional, futuristic dubstep approach is taken on this track. This glitchy and bassy experiment transports the listener to another world, one where toward the end of the track everything in an industrial reality seems to be coming undone. Great tune.
2.Pretentious: Groovy is one adjective that could describe this track. It´s stripped clean, fresh and uncut. Its simple yet infectious beat induces in the listener an inevitable sway.
3.Anything New: Bibio seems to hint a lot of 70´s feel in his music, and Anything New does just that. Purely organic and uplifting vibes is what I get from this lively tune.
4.Wake up!: A filtered Middle Eastern horn introduces this love song that penetrates deep into the soul. Although pretty static throughout, this song is quite pleasing to ear, and instrumentally unique and elegant.
5.Light Seep: Quite possibly my favorite song off the album, although the closing song definitely competes. This too has love notes, but is a little more funky and mysterious. Really solid sound arrangement.
6.Take Your Shirt Off: Definitely the outlier of the album, but it does not underachieve in any way. A strong rock-dance beat drives this song along with a pretty cool vocal.
7.Artist´s Valley: This song is so unique, dreamy, woozy and quite poetic lyrically. It´s a lot more glitchy than Excuses but it flows in a way that calms the mind.
8.K for Kelson: I can see this being part of the score for some T.V. series. A fun and hummable song.
Mind Bokeh: Ambient, hazy and self-reflexive. Beautiful.
9.More Excuses: Bibio´s preoccupied voice in the first half of this song kind of sets pace for an anxious listening. The second half is definitely a good resolution to the beginning.
10.Feminine Eye: Another track that brings you back. A shorty but a goodie.
11.Saint Christopher: An absolutely perfect concluding song. Pretty much like all of Bibio´s songs, this song really evokes a feeling of pure contentment. The ambient soundscape created makes you feel aboard a ship ride on a crisp sunny morning. Happiness on the decks, love in the air, and life really just appreciated for the little things, like this song. Top notch I have to say.

Great album from a great artist

silosibin,

I love his work and this album is superb. One of my favorite musicians who influences my own music. Great album with familiar nostalgic sound yet different from his other works. Highly recommend!

About Bibio

As Bibio, producer/multi-instrumentalist Stephen Wilkinson combines and recombines electronic, folk, hip-hop and rock music with an adventurous outlook and atmospheric production values. Born and raised in England's Black Country (aka the West Midlands), Wilkinson studied sonic arts at London's Middlesex University and was first inspired by '90s electronic acts such as Aphex Twin, Autechre and Boards of Canada, but became equally intrigued by mid-20th century British folk. He combined these styles in his own music, along with found sounds and field recordings, for a unique mix of organic and synthetic atmospheres. Boards of Canada's Marcus Eoin handed Wilkinson's demos to Mush Records, which released Bibio's 2004 debut album Fi and its more song-based follow-up, Hand Cranked, in 2006. Wilkinson also released the limited-edition Sheila Sets Sail/Tribio on the Artist's Valley imprint, part of a collective Wilkinson has with producers Andy Harber and Richard Roberts. The Ovals and Emeralds EP, which featured organ instead of Bibio's usual acoustic guitars, arrived in 2008; Vignetting the Compost followed in 2009. That summer, Bibio moved to Warp for the eclectic Ambivalence Avenue, followed several months later by the release of a remix-heavy album, The Apple and the Tooth. For 2011's Mind Bokeh -- named after the term for the blurry area in a photograph -- Wilkinson moved further away from folktronica and deeper into the meticulously sampled electro/hip-hop direction he began on Ambivalence Avenue. On Bibio's sixth album, 2013's Silver Wilkinson, he balanced the pastoral leanings of his earlier work with a more experimental electronic bent. The Green EP, which featured Silver Wilkinson's "Dye the Water Green" along with several older, previously unreleased tracks, arrived in early 2014. That year, Bibio's original score for the Jason Reitman film Men, Women & Children was also released. On 2016's Mineral Love, Wilkinson dug deeper into his flair for nostalgia, taking inspiration from sources as diverse as TV show themes from the '70s and '80s, and '90s dance music. Though the album's sounds seemed sampled, Mineral Love consisted of entirely new recordings by Wilkinson and collaborators including Gotye and Wax Stag. That year, Wilkinson expanded one of the album's tracks into the Why So Serious EP, adding more collaborations with vocalist Olivier St. Hudson. The following year's Beyond Serious EP reunited Bibio and St. Hudson on tracks inspired by mid- to late-'90s French house music. For that year's full-length Phantom Brickworks, Wilkinson improvised ambient pieces that used atmosphere and texture to evoke real and imaginary places. ~ Heather Phares

  • ORIGIN
    West Midlands, England

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