16 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stephen Wilkinson’s last project under the name Bibio, the ambient Phantom Brickworks, was a triumph of glitchy, distorted atmospheres that leaned confidently into darkness. Here, on the more delicate Ribbons, the British artist seeks out the light. Romantic, finger-picking instrumentals bookend the expansive album, full of wistful, far-off lullabies and acoustic explorations like “Curls” and “Patchouli May,” which have a meandering, pastoral quality that seems to embrace open spaces. But the tight, moody, low-lit funk of “Before” and “Old Graffiti” show how much fun Wilkinson can have within the confines of more structured songs.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stephen Wilkinson’s last project under the name Bibio, the ambient Phantom Brickworks, was a triumph of glitchy, distorted atmospheres that leaned confidently into darkness. Here, on the more delicate Ribbons, the British artist seeks out the light. Romantic, finger-picking instrumentals bookend the expansive album, full of wistful, far-off lullabies and acoustic explorations like “Curls” and “Patchouli May,” which have a meandering, pastoral quality that seems to embrace open spaces. But the tight, moody, low-lit funk of “Before” and “Old Graffiti” show how much fun Wilkinson can have within the confines of more structured songs.

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Ratings and Reviews

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mwimwits ,

Very decent record.

Picked this up on vinyl RSD 2019! ^~^

Bibio knows his stuff when it comes to music producing and experimenting, and Ribbons is a true mark of it. He knocks it out of the park with some nice laden acoustics and a small mix of synths. Definite highlight out of the whole album is Curls.

Kcirdnehe ,

Fantastic Album That Grows On You

I listened to Bibio in college but haven't really listened to his music in years. After hearing about this new album, I decided to listen to his music again and I'm so glad. Honestly, this album is amazing. The songs all just flow and I love how it's a mix of instrumental and singing. I like all of the songs (there really isn't one that I skip) and I've had it on repeat for several months now. This is probably one of my favorite albums of 2019 (though the Lumineers' and Hozier's new albums might give it some competition).

Michelle T. ,

Perfect Album for Springtime

I’ve been an avid listener of Bibio’s music, and I can tell he’s truly found his signature sound. It’s like he’s taken his entire catalogue so far, and put it into this album. This is perfect for springtime vibes, and puts me at ease. If nature has a soundtrack, it’s definitely Bibio.

Take a walk into nature, smell some flowers and put on this album.

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