Stephen Wilkinson – AKA Bibio – continues to remain an engima, making himself absent from playing live, wandering down side alleys as with his last album, 2017’s Phantom Brickworks and retreating often to his home in rural Wales.
His career has been one spent dabbling in a genre multiverse which has expanded to include folk, jazz, soul and most recently the ambient droneathon of his last release, albeit the direct nods to artists such as Brian Eno and Boards of Canada were in places exquisitely rendered.
Ribbons comes back full circle to Wilkinson’s earlier aural bricolages, the impeccable lightness of The Art of Living and Old Graffiti’s shuffling bossa ready for the long haul flight of your choice.
Not all of the backdrop is as contemporary, as the tweedy accoustics of Eraydiddar-Eriddar and Valley Wulf’s seventies-leaning mood sketch lock deep into Wilkinson’s capacity for the gorgeously introvert. Ribbons is a joy you should keep for yourself.
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