Photo by Joe Giacomet

Bibio will release his new album, Ribbons, on April 12 via Warp Records

The album follows 2017’s ambient atmospheric Phantom Brickworks, and sees the English artist return to the path of structured songwriting last explored on 2016’s A Mineral Love.  Ribbons yields folkloric charm with an organic palette, incorporating a mostly acoustic-led approach exploring ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelia, soul, ambient, electronic, and field recordings.

A self-taught musician, singer, and producer, Bibio, real name Stephen Wilkinson, plays nearly all of the instrumental parts on the album and unveils new instruments to his palette, bringing in mandolins, fiddle, and other stringed instruments. We’re told that the LP pays homage to Wilkinson’s past J Dilla and Madlib inspired works, this time drawing influence from the eras and records those producers sampled, such as ‘60s and ‘70s Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Sharp, and other soul artists, but rather than relying on sampling records, Wilkinson creates his homages from scratch with  instrumentation. 

Referencing the endless ribbons of analogue tape and film used in his music, photography, and cinematic work, the album artwork is designed by Wilkinson, where his portrait offers a window onto an English woodland scene with spring bluebells adorned with ribbons.


01. Beret Girl

02. The Art Of Living

03. Before

04. Curls

05. Ode To A Nuthatch

06. Watch The Flies

07. It’s Your Bones

08. You Couldn’t Even Hear The Birds Singing

09. Pretty Ribbons And Lovely Flowers

10. Erdaydidder-Erdiddar

11. Frankincense And Coal

12. Old Graffiti

13. Patchouli May

14. Valley Wulf

15. Quarters

16. Under A Lone Ash

Ribbons lands on April 12, with “Curls” playing below.