Phantom Brickworks was an experimental one-off that sounds nothing like the rest of his work. Ribbons is in many ways a return to his original sound, maybe with a bit of traditional Irish influence added. If you prefer Brickworks, you should listen to another artist, dark ambient in the vein of Tim Hecker or something. I don't mean that in a rude way, just a suggestion.
Love how the related artists are nothing like Bibio. There's bits and pieces relevant in a few tracks, but the bulk of Bibio feels familiar and strange at the same time. Like a song you forgot from your youth, and one rainy day or walk through the countryside it suddenly comes back to you. Now you remember why you remembered it for so long. You don't know why you forgot it, but you are ever so glad to have it back.
Not an answer to anyone in particular from below Phantom Brickworks discussions, but it's easy to say which music it reminds you of really. There's barely a chance you'd come across and spin this record if you're completely unfamiliar with great ambient / drone works -- but my reckoning is that this album brings something which is unique to introspective character of Bibio already expressed through his previous works. It's rich in texture, and not without a reason, like many music is these days. I feel these compositions actually head somewhere and have strong cathartic potential. Fi and PB accompany each other very well, come to think of it. Cheers!
It doesn't have the same initial impact as say, Silver Wilkinson, but it's so much more stripped back in comparison. It's a complete change in style, minimal and ambient - but I think a positive one. A Mineral Love felt formulaic, so the timing feels right. Whatever comes next should be interesting.
Well said, I was definitely hearing the same things boshkan.
Given that it seems to be a concept album based on a visit to an abandoned industrial town, I wonder whether this is a one-off or a permanent stylistic change. Either way I'm sure he'll be making at least some kind of shift in this direction with future releases.
Why can't he just make a cohesive album anymore? A Mineral Love isn't bad, but it bounces all over the place from genre to genre, touching on his old folktronica sound and then straight back into a sample-heavy funk that couldn't be much more different. There's nothing holding it all together, it's jarring. And it's been that way for a while now, Silver Wilkinson had the same problem.
I think Warp is going to reissue the Mush albums. He posted a video on Instagram test pressing with a Warp catalogue number written on it of which appears to be side A of Fi, playing Cherry Blossom Road.