16 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stephen Wilkinson’s last project under the name Bibio, the ambient Phantom Brickworks, was a triumph of glitchy, distorted atmospheres that leaned confidently into darkness. Here, on the more delicate Ribbons, the British artist seeks out the light. Romantic, finger-picking instrumentals bookend the expansive album, full of wistful, far-off lullabies and acoustic explorations like “Curls” and “Patchouli May,” which have a meandering, pastoral quality that seems to embrace open spaces. But the tight, moody, low-lit funk of “Before” and “Old Graffiti” show how much fun Wilkinson can have within the confines of more structured songs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stephen Wilkinson’s last project under the name Bibio, the ambient Phantom Brickworks, was a triumph of glitchy, distorted atmospheres that leaned confidently into darkness. Here, on the more delicate Ribbons, the British artist seeks out the light. Romantic, finger-picking instrumentals bookend the expansive album, full of wistful, far-off lullabies and acoustic explorations like “Curls” and “Patchouli May,” which have a meandering, pastoral quality that seems to embrace open spaces. But the tight, moody, low-lit funk of “Before” and “Old Graffiti” show how much fun Wilkinson can have within the confines of more structured songs.

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