|MH-244 Bibio - Hand Cranked
Following the success of his debut album, Fi, Wolverhampton, England's Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, has assembled Hand Cranked, a fourteen track collection of idyllic found sound and lazy Sunday musical ramblings. The release maintains a stylistic bond with his debut, again focusing on his love for saturated guitars, warbling effects, and natural beauty, although this time with a slightly more whimsical feel. An increased confidence is also evident, both in the heightened virtuosity of Bibio's guitar playing and with his first appearance as a vocalist on the track, "Abberiw." With his first two albums, Bibio has established himself as an exciting new talent, and Mush is proud to provide him an outlet for his work.
|A lovingly-crafted, hand-made gift - Mojo / Utterly evocative and painterly - All Music Guide / Simply beautiful - One Week to Live / A quietly captivating assemblage - The Daily Telegraph / Just fantastic - Lodown / A fine wordless yarn - Miami New Times / Wilkinson's coiling melodies are charming, memorable - Lost At Sea
|Genre-bending records are such rare feats that they demand a special degree of celebration, and Stephen Wilkinson’s sophomore effort as Bibio is no exception. Though, in essence, Bibio sounds nothing at all like Boards of Canada, Hand Cranked manages to conjure the same nostalgic warmth exuded by Wilkinson’s fellow Scottish countrymen. He wraps his own fuzzy, ever-so-slightly skewed guitar-lines over a foundation of strings, woodwind instruments and indecipherable samples, but with a coarse production, giving Hand Cranked an undeniably ‘old’ feel. Like all great albums, placing a finger on what makes Hand Cranked tick is an awkward prospect, but tick it certainly does, even if it may leave you scratching your head for a few minutes while you wonder where, how and why. - Fact