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Ambivalence Avenue

Bibio

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Album Review

Bibio (aka Stephen Wilkinson) impressed early in 2009 with the lovely Vignetting the Compost, but he raised the bar just a few months later with his second full-length that year, Ambivalence Avenue. This is Bibio's Warp debut, and the label is a fitting home for his music: Vignetting's sweetly decaying sound bore the influence of Warp veterans Boards of Canada. However, Ambivalence Avenue's sound is markedly different than what came before it; its mix of breezy pop and creatively layered instrumental hip-hop sits comfortably between a couple of other Warp residents, Grizzly Bear and Flying Lotus. While Bibio's signature nostalgic haze still floats over these songs, they sound far more active and clearly recorded than his previous work. Even the songs that could have appeared on Vignetting the Compost — such as the fragile folk of "Abrasion" and the languid pop of "Haikuesque (The Way She Laughs)" — have a more immediate feel despite their delicacy. These songs are less overtly conceptual than some of Bibio's prior work, but if Vignetting was a spring romp through the English countryside, then Ambivalence Avenue is summer in the city: the title track rolls in on the sound of street traffic before trippy flutes and guitars take over; the lush harmonies of "All the Flowers" are half High Llamas, half Crosby, Stills & Nash; and the jazzy tone to "Lover's Carving"'s guitars and synths has a distinctly urbane feel. Ambivalence Avenue goes from pleasant to exciting when Bibio ventures into unfamiliar territory, like the stuttering layers of "Fire Ant"'s instrumental hip-hop or the eight-bit bleeps and beats on "Dwrcan" and "S'vive." Some songs are almost unrecognizable compared to Bibio's past albums: the excellent "Jealous of Roses" mines '70s soul for its wah-wah guitars, falsetto vocals, and splashy reverb, and "Cry! Baby!" starts as a dense post-rock swirl, then becomes a jazzy synth pop meditation. It would be easy to call this album an exercise in dabbling if the quality of these songs weren't so strong — and it's that quality, along with Bibio's continuing flair for crafting distinctive atmospheres, that are the only constants throughout. Even if Ambivalence Avenue didn't follow so quickly after an already solid Bibio album, it would still be a big step forward for Wilkinson's music.

Customer Reviews

Nostalgia For I Don't Know What

Ambivilance Avenue sounds like waking up early in the morning, like at 6am, in the middle of July when the sun is beaming into your room and you realize that things are alright.

Just the opinion of an honest musician

If you haven't heard this yet, trust me, you don't know what to expect. The music is like a UK beck that is much more concious of its electronic influences. The attention to vocals and dancability will invaribly attract more of the indy-scene kids running around with their water canteens and summoning flash mobs with their laptops. That said, the music, in terms of attention to atmosphere, is lightyears ahead of much of the indy mainstream that Bibio may or may not become a part of. It is almost like ambient pop, that is if such a mongruel abomination could ever exist. I hope, however, that this music will not serve as a bridge for Bibio fans into the likes of Grizzly Bear, (as if they need more listeners) but rather as a bridge that will take the freak-folk environmentalist crowd back towards bibios earlier work. For by listening to Fi, these captives of indy mainstream may find that music is for listening, not for advancing one's status in the zeitgeist of bohemian sophistication. They may begin to listen to BoC and discover all of the musicians out there who make music for music's sake.

Absolutely Beautiful

The song "Lover's Carvings" will be played at my wedding

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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