|MH-234 Bibio - Fi
Recommended to Mush by Marcus Eoin of Boards Of Canada, the debut release from central England's Stephen Wilkinson (aka Bibio) is a triumph of saturation, distortion, and musical obscurity. Comprised of seventeen ambient songs built on samples of his own work rather than the work of others, Fi is rich in musical imagery. Using manipulated live instrumentation, field recordings, and a strong portion of effects, Bibio's musical influences - the Incredible String Band, Joao Gilberto, My Bloody Valentine, Tortoise, and the producers of Warp Records - seep into his compositions. Bibio's debut is a revelation in the emotional power of lo-fi ambient compositions and clearly establishes him as a producer who has developed his own unique voice.
|Quietly captivating - Daily Telegraph / Immediately arresting - The Wire / The perfect music to dream by - Spin / Hypnotic - Exclaim! / Truly memorable stuff - 3D World / Exquisite - 3Hive / Recommended listening - Boomkat / The most relaxing experience you've ever felt - Impact Press
|Stephen Wilkinson makes an unusual signing for Mush, who picked up the UK producer via a tip off from the Boards of Canada's Marcus Eoin. Conjured from knackered samplers and field recordings made via a wonky Dictaphone, this is a record is very much at home in the messed up back catalogue of the label. Though a sublime listen, it's not one for the weak-hearted, with even this veteran of left-field listening scratching his head and inspecting the CD player at one of the albums many slippages. Chilled. - Notion