The anticipated follow up to his celebrated first album for Warp in 2009, ‘Ambivalence Avenue’. ‘Mind Bokeh’ has exceeded all our high expectations with its full on, neon-lit pop whilst not compromising on any of the vintage, textured production that makes up Bibio’s trademark sound. In fact, Mind Bokeh sounds like the night-time counterpart to Ambivalence Avenue's more pastoral, sunflecked tones.
The album will be released digitally, on CD and limited double vinyl, with initial ‘First Print’ copies of the CD in a die cut sleeve.
Taking his name from a fly his father used on fishing trips in his childhood, Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio has moved swiftly up through the gears, from his 2005 debut ‘Fi’, in which he combined acoustic guitar and tape loops, home and field recordings to create a wistful masterpiece that was at once organic and processed. “A lot of those things are still in my work now but I'm looking to move away from that,” says Bibio. “I don't simply want to be repeating myself.”
Those already familiar with Bibio for his discography of great albums will experience what Bibio describes as a “balance of the familiar and the non-familiar” on Mind Bokeh.
Bibio explains the background of the name:
“Bokeh is the out of focus region of a photograph. It's not a quantifiable thing, but photographers and lens manufacturers are obsessed with it. In Japanese it means “haze”, “blur”, or even “dementia”. I called the album Mind Bokeh because I'm interested in the effect of defocussing your mind, whether through meditation, chemicals or whatever – it's a state of mind quite alien to Westerners.”
Mind Bokeh tracklisting
3. Anything New
4. Wake Up!
5. Light Seep
6. Take Off Your Shirt
7. Artists' Valley
8. K is for Kelson
9. Mind Bokeh
10. More Excuses
11. Feminine Eye
12. Saint Christopher