Bibio

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Bibio
Birth name Stephen Wilkinson
Born 1978 (age 35–36)
Origin West Midlands, UK
Genres Pop, experimental, folk, electronic, trip hop, jangle pop, chillwave
Occupations Singer, producer
Instruments Guitar, bass guitar, singing, synthesizer, computers, alto saxophone
Years active 2005–present
Labels Warp, Mush Records
Associated acts Boards of Canada
Website www.warp.net/records/bibio

Stephen Wilkinson (born 1978),[1] better known as Bibio, is an English music producer. His music is primarily electronic and experimental in nature. He currently releases music on the Warp Records label,[2] and previously on Mush Records.

Biography[edit]

A resident of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, England, Wilkinson developed a passion for experimental music during his time at Middlesex University in London, where he studied "sonic arts". He developed his own style of music, drawing from contemporary experimental electronica bands such as Boards of Canada, and incorporating field recordings and found sounds. Electronically modified guitar melodies and droning synthesizer sounds are a recurring theme in his pieces, causing many people to label his music as a hybrid of electronica or intelligent dance music and folk music. Talking about his approach, Wilkinson has said "Electronic music doesn't have to be so grid like, it can be elasticated, more human."[3] For a brief period Wilkinson was also a lecturer at Stafford College teaching Music Technology.

His music has recently been licensed for commercial campaigns by L.L. Bean, Adult Swim, Toyota, and Amazon.com. His song, "Lovers' Carvings" was featured in the first Google Project Glass commercial and in the 2011 commercial for the Amazon Kindle; it also featured in the 2010 film "The Switch".[4] In 2009, he contributed a cover of the Boards of Canada track "Kaini Industries" to the Warp20 (Recreated) compilation. Part of the track "Cry! Baby!" (from the album Ambivalence Avenue) was used over the end-title sequence of the Louis Theroux documentary "Miami Mega Jails".

Wilkinson adopted the alias Bibio from the name of a small black and red fly his father used on childhood fishing trips in Wales. He has said to be influenced lyrically by foreign languages, phonemes, Daft Punk, Boards of Canada, Madlib, J Dilla and Elizabeth Fraser.[5] Influences on his guitar playing include The Incredible String Band, Nick Drake, Tortoise and João Gilberto.

Career[edit]

Mush releases[edit]

Previous to Warp, Bibio was signed to American independent label Mush Records. His debut album, fi, was released in February 2005; his second, Hand Cranked, in 2006, was followed by Vignetting the Compost in 2009.[citation needed]

Ambivalence Avenue[edit]

Bibio's fourth studio album, his first with Warp Records, was released on 22 June 2009.[6] Ambivalence Avenue is arguably his most critically lauded album to date; it was described as his "most creative and penetrating release yet."[7]

The Apple And The Tooth[edit]

Bibio's second album on Warp Records, The Apple and the Tooth, comprises four new tracks and eight remixes of tracks from Ambivalence Avenue. It was released on 9 November 2009 [8] and saw Wilkinson compared to such artists as Gil Scott Heron.[9] The four original tracks were described as "expert, full of electronic papier-mache layers of arpeggiated guitars, glitchy drum patterns and joyful percussive samples," by The Guardian.[10]

Mind Bokeh[edit]

Bibio's sixth studio album - his third studio release on Warp Records - was released on 29 March 2011 in the US and 4 April in the UK. Wilkinson described the album as a "balance of the familiar and the non-familiar".[11] Talking about Mind Bokeh, he said, "I think that when I finished 'Ambivalence Avenue' one thing I wanted to focus on was the use of synthesisers and drum machines more, so it's going to lend itself to an electric sounding album rather than an acoustic album."[12] Instrumentally, it consists of "folding twinkly keyboards, crackly loops, and gently insistent beats" making "tracks that are evocative and detailed enough to reveal more with repeated listens".[13]

Bokeh is a photographic term that describes the blur of the out-of-focus area in an image.[citation needed]

Wilkinson explains that the album title was chosen to represent different forms of consciousness; of the artwork he explains "The crystal clear representation of a moment isn't necessarily the most interesting. Think about when you look at your parents' old photographs - it's not an exact image of how they look; it's like a stained glass window into how they look."[citation needed]

Silver Wilkinson[edit]

Silver Wilkinson is the name of Bibio’s seventh studio album, released through Warp Records on 14 May 2013.[14]

On 3 December 2013, Warp and Bibio announced a follow up to the album titled 'The Green E.P.', set to be released on 27 January (28 in North America)[15]

"I wanted to do a follow up EP with ‘Dye The Water Green’ as it is my favourite track off Silver Wilkinson and I also have a lot of music in my archives that would complement the track well" - Bibio[16]

Visual work[edit]

Stephen Wilkinson creates the majority of the artwork for Bibio - namely for The Apple And The Tooth, Mind Bokeh, and Silver Wilkinson. He also works on videography, having created the film for his Mind Bokeh album sampler, and co-directing the video for "Excuses" with Michael Robinson.[17]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

  • Ovals and Emeralds (2009, Mush Records)
  • T.O.Y.S. (2011)
  • The Green E.P. (2014)

Singles[edit]

  • "Sheila Sets Sail" b/w "Tribio" (2006, Artist's Valley Records)
  • "Ambivalence Avenue" b/w "Fire Ant" (2009, Warp Records)
  • "Hedged-in" (2009) - contributed to The Relay Project, an online musical "collaboration"[20]
  • "Lovers' Carvings" (2011) (UK Singles Chart peak: #170)[21]
  • "K Is for Kelson" (2011)
  • "À tout à l’heure" (2013)
  • "Dye The Water Green" (2013)

Remixes[edit]

  • Clark - "Ted (Bibio Remix)" from Ted E.P. (2006)
  • Epic45 - "The Stars in Autumn (Remixed by Bibio)" (2008)
  • Lone - "Midnight Feast (Bibio Remix)" from Cluster Dreams (2009)
  • Neon Indian - "Mind, Drips (Bibio Remix)" from Mind Ctrl: Psychic Chasms Possessed (2009)
  • Grasscut - "The Door in the Wall (Bibio Mix)" (2010)
  • Gonjasufi - "Candylane (Bibio Remix)" from The Caliph's Tea Party (2010)
  • !!! - "The Most Certain Sure (Bibio Remix)" from Jamie, My Intentions Are Bass (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TLOBF Interview :: Bibio". The Line Of Best Fit. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  2. ^ "Bibio: Hear 'Silver Wilkinson' Album Sampler". Warp Records. 4 April 2013. Retrieved 9 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Clash Interview". 2011-05-26. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  4. ^ "The Switch IMDB". IMDB Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  5. ^ "Dazed And Confused Interview". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  6. ^ "Warp Records - Releases - Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  7. ^ "Tiny Mixtapes Review: Bibio - Ambivalence Avenue". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  8. ^ "Warp Records - Releases - Bibio - The Apple And The Tooth". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  9. ^ "Pop Matters Review: Bibio - The Apple And The Tooth". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  10. ^ Dean, Will (19 November 2009). "The Guardian Review Review: Bibio - The Apple And The Tooth". London. Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  11. ^ "Warp Records - Bibio - Mind Bokeh Sampler". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  12. ^ "Clash - Bibio Interview". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  13. ^ "Pitchfork: Bibio - Mind Bokeh Review". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  14. ^ "Warp Records - Bibio - Silver Wilkinson". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  15. ^ "Stream 'Dye The Water Green' from 'The Green E.P.' set for release in January". Warp Records. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  16. ^ Murray, Robin. "Bibio Prepares 'The Green EP'". Clash Music. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  17. ^ "Michael Robinson Portfolio". Retrieved 2013-03-18. 
  18. ^ "Bleep.com - High Quality Music And Media - Buy MP3, WAV, FLAC, Vinyl, CDs". Beta.bleep.com. Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  19. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 16.04.2011 (wk14)". Retrieved 2013-02-05. 
  20. ^ "Hedged in by Bibio". www.relayproject.com. Retrieved 2013-04-09. 
  21. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 11.06.2011 (wk22)". Retrieved 2013-02-05. 

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