bibio, A Mineral Love  
bibio
A Mineral Love
GBR 2xLP 
Label: Warp Records
Release Year: 2016
Style: Abstract & Headz
 
  Tracks  
  A1 Petals
A2 A Mineral Love
A3 Raxeira
B1 Town & Country
B2 Feeling
B3 The Way You Talk feat Gotye
C1 With The Thought Of Us
C2 Why So Serious? feat Olivier St Louis
C3 C'est La Vie
D1 Wren Tails
D2 Gasoline & Mirrors feat Wax Stag
D3 Saint Thomas
D4 Light Up The Sky
 
  Bibio will release his 7th album 'A Mineral Love' on 1st April through Warp Records.

"This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It's also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.

The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I'm comfortable with them - this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope.

The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people's forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It's all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like 70s/80s American TV themes or 90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.

I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that's why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope." - Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio) 2016
 
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