"Gorgeous" - Q ****
"Silver Wilkinson is a career high point... (it) will stand as one of this year's best" - FADER
"...an impeccable creative beauty" - Clash
"À tout à l'heure" captures the kind of moments that you want to relive again and again." - Stereogum
"Gorgeous combinations of acoustic instrumentation and electronic modulation" - SPIN
Watch the video for 'À tout à l'heure' and read more about the album below or by heading to Bibio's website.
Shut away in a West Midlands suburb, Stephen Wilkinson has created an album that contrasts his experience from previous albums with exploration of new ground. Away from any 'scenes' or artistic movements, Bibio has been able to form an introspective and thoroughly thought through album. He compares the album to a new 'season', part of a greater whole but distinct from previous albums. The focus on an organic sound and greater use of live instrumentation is apparent, yet the eclecticism of his previous work remains.
Whilst many of the tracks were recorded entirely in the studio, Bibio was able to introduce a variety of ideas by recording outside that may not have emerged otherwise. 'À tout à l'heure' started life in the garden on a sunny day with just a 12-string guitar, MPC sampler, microphone and cassette recorder; many of the percussion parts are objects from the garden. Similarly, 'Dye the Water Green' developed most whilst Bibio recorded additional ideas to an old ghetto blaster in a brick wall shed.
Bibio aims to paint images with his music and words, often thinking on the music late into the night to visualise the developments for the next day; he says, "if I didn't spend so much time listening and thinking, this album would sound very different."
Silver Wilkinson - Bibio
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Released 13 May (UK) and 14 May (N. America) on Warp Records
01. The First Daffodils
02. Dye the Water Green
04. Mirroring All
05. À tout à l'heure
06. Sycamore Silhouetting
09. Look at Orion!
10. Business Park
11. You Won't Remember...