|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
|RNK: Insurance people, call this kid! Since he doesn't dig beats or vocals (ok, there's exceptions), his guitar and his ten fingers are the key to making a whole lotta dough here - just tell him how bad it'd be if he lost a finger, or even an entire hand. I'm sure he'll pay. Plus ask him for a copy of his record. It's weird and reversed and just fantastic.
BAM: "How'd you know I'm and insruance kid when not sporting my fronts?"
SEVEN: Amazing what you can do with a guitar and some (fairly) simple f/x these days when you have the balls to trust your instincts. It's like a minimal version of Four Tet's laptop magic played on an old C-64. - Lodown