|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
|This is the sound of life passing, sun-dappled and sleepy-eyed, full of rich sepia tones and fuzzy edges, a lo-fi time lapse of your entire existence. Steven Wilkinson is the one-man force behind Bibio’s enchanting appeal, and while he often uses electronic touches and washes to bring out the character of his music, this song sort of purifies everything that he strains to accomplish. Layer upon layer of acoustic guitar loops build on each others melodies, some of them playing forward and others being looped backwards, so that when they are heard as a whole they amalgamate into this windswept vision of existential presence. I have tried to turn others onto Bibio’s supernatural folk, but for some reason it doesn’t catch them the way is has me…so forgive me if I’m just crazy as a loon, but these riffs sooth my busy mind. - Mystic Clover Honeypot