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British electronic musician Bibio (a.k.a. Stephen Wilkinson) returns with his seventh LP, Silver Wilkinson. The album is a stylistic nod to an earlier and more guitar-focused era of Bibio’s sound, particularly compared to the electronic orientation of his preceding album, Mind Bokeh. Bibio brings that analog finesse back and melts it beautifully with his signature woodsy guitars. Silver Wilkinson warbles its way through states of expertly-constructed pop (“À tout à l'heure” and “You”) and hazy, nostalgic ambiance (“Dye the Water Green,” “You Won’t Remember”). Silver Wilkinson is richly atmospheric, easy to get lost in, and highly enjoyable front to back.

Customer Reviews

Bibio Continues The Same Beaten Path

Over the years I've become quite fond of Mr. Wilkinson's production of sound recording. Always creating melodies that hinder back to days of youth or a summer long ago. He doesn't disappoint and just in time for this coming summer.

On another note, since Ambivalence Avenue most of Bibio's catalog sound the same and come off more like b-sides to previous records or tracks that weren't finished and went back to tweak up. This again, isn't a bad thing. Anything new regardless of how familiar it is, is great.

Unique tracks like "Take Off Your Shirt" (Radically different sound from most of what he usually does.) as well as some funky "Wah Wahs" seem absent here. Replaced with what you'd usually hear from his earlier albums minus the glitches and synths that Warp Records influence has put on him, though he has always loved electronic music, he is from the UK after all.

I'm sure this record will grow on me over time. I just hope he knows he can still be comfortable trying new things. Heck, he has before and I know he's itching to. I almost feel he did this to keep his fans content, like a calm before the storm.

WOW

this album is amazing!

Exactly what I was hoping for

This album feels a bit like a return to a different time just prior to his Warp outings but yet it isn’t. It's also really an amalgam of his last 8 years and by that I mean that you can really hear the application of different tools and stylings into this release. It isn't just the attention to more acoustic emphasis here but how he shifts seamlessly between electronic and acoustic forms that is so indicative of his style at this point.

It's much more introverted than Mind Boken and far more delightful. He moves between emotional worlds so effortlessly. I imagine there was a time when some commented that he was like an acoustic Boc, Pitchfork called him a one trick pony which they had to rescind after Ambivalence Ave but really more to the point he has more than proven no one can do Bibio like Bibio. This is a great album. Truly.

Biography

Born: West Midlands, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Bibio is the folk-meets-electronica project of self-taught producer/multi-instrumentalist Stephen Wilkinson, from England's Black Country (aka the West Midlands). As a student of sonic arts at London's Middlesex University, Wilkinson was first inspired by '90s electronic acts such as Aphex Twin, Autechre, and especially Boards of Canada, but became equally intrigued by mid-20th century British folk. He combined these sounds in his own music, along with found sounds and field recordings, for a unique...
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