Silver Wilkinson

Bibio

A few years back, while driving through the sun-drenched streets of Los Angeles, one album was by constant in-car companion.

Bibio’s ‘Ambivalence Avenue’, a wonderful dreamy combination of found sound and drifty acoustic pop that sounded like the very last thing you would expect to find on Warp records.

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Indeed the music (the work of one Stephen Wilkinson) often has the terrifying word ‘experimental’ associated with it, which is frankly the last word I would use to describe it, unusual maybe or perhaps slightly off-kilter but not experimental. It’s too melodic and delicate for that.

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His new album ‘Silver Wilkinson’ is a wonderful and unjustly ignored release from a modern master.

Tracks like ‘You won’t remember’ have the tender acoustic ache of lost love, while ‘You’ sounds like it could have been an out take from a J Dilla album. ‘A tout a l’heure’ is perhaps the most infectious song on the album and’ Business Park’ the closest to label mates, Boards of Canada.

Yet even with the widely divergent genres used, there is still a feel that is recognizably and uniquely Bibio’s own; a sound piped in from a parallel but better universe with a gossamer lightness that reminds you of a lazy, heat-haze on a summer’s day.

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