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- In The Green EP by Bibio
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Although previous album ‘Silver Wilkinson’ wasn’t quite what I’d been hoping for, I still found myself lost in its foggy tangle of folky acoustics for weeks at a time, neither wanting nor needing to escape. Bibio is one of those artists to be worshipped from afar, you are never quite sure how he makes his music so beautifully plaintive and lush-sounding but you are happy to let him get on with it as the results are usually exquisite.
The opening track here ‘Dye the Water Green’ is so shimmeringly beautiful there is a large part of me who wishes to strangle him for being so bloody good. Its all watery acoustic guitar, glistening drops of synths and his stretched fog bound vocal, the coda as squelshy and as glorious of anything Boards if Canada have rustled up in recent times. Its joined by five unreleased tracks and as we know from ‘The Apple and the Tooth’ the unreleased stuff is generally of a very high standard. ‘Ding Hy’ is a short instrumental of twinkling guitar, the type of stuff he knocked out in his sleep during his early years but frighteningly beautiful.
‘Down to the Sound’ is just a little too mawkish for me and finds him in full on soppy ballad mode backed by the sound of thunder. ‘Carbon Wolf’ is like Durutti Column in a wind tunnel, a lovely ambient piece and the general rural folky ambience of ‘Silver Wilkinson’ is continued in these tracks and they are all lovingly produced. I just don’t want him to slide too far into mawkishness, there are hints of it here on the afore-mentioned ‘Down to the Sound’ and on ‘A Thousand Syllables’ where he sings ‘I saw a frozen dew drops pipers web perculating through the boughs and branches’.
Closer ‘Hinkley Point’ is a more rhythmic affair which is loose and sounds almost improvised, a nice instrumental contrast to the more structured pieces. It is an EP of outtakes so I shouldn’t expect too much, a couple of tracks do fall slightly short of his usual standards but at least three of these new tracks make a nice annexe to the wonderful LP and I can’t wait to hear what he concocts next. Comes on luscious green vinyl.
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