“Mind Bokeh” by Bibio
Bibio (British producer Stephen Wilkinson) makes music that can best be described as the soundtrack to your daydreams. His first release with Warp, 2009’s Ambivilance Avenue presented a more mature and soulful sound than that of his previous endeavors. Bibio’s latest album exemplifies an even greater departure from his folk-tinged early work. Mind Bokeh abandons the wistful lo-fi feel of his first few releases, providing a tasty array of playful electronic jams.
“Excuses,” introduces Bibio’s more polished sound as it descends from warped chimes into glitchy electronic bursts. “Pretentious” is the album’s stand-out track, delivering soulful vocals over throbbing bass and loops reminiscent of an out-of-tune music box. “Light Seep” and “Feminine Eye” are similarly soulful and sexy. “Take off your shirt” feels a bit out of place with its glam-rock guitar riffs and dance-y hooks, but is a great track nonetheless. “K is for Kelson” conjures images of a romp at the beach with a pretty girl, and the closing track, “St. Christopher,” is a soothing, ambient lullaby.
Mind Bokeh may leave fans of Bibio’s early stuff feeling a bit alienated. For new listeners and those on board with his stylistic evolution, however, the album is a must-have collection of feel-good songs for summer time.