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Mind Bokeh

Bibio Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 April 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,196 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Excuses 5:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Pretentious 6:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Anything New 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Wake Up! 3:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Light Seep 3:530.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Take Off Your Shirt 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Artists' Valley 6:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. K Is For Kelson 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Mind Bokeh 2:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. More Excuses 4:270.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Feminine Eye 1:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Saint Christopher 6:330.99  Buy MP3 

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BBC Review

It’s common practice in electronic music to record under myriad aliases; the likes of Aphex Twin, Carl Craig and Tom Middleton all boasting more disguises than the MI6 dressing-up box. The reasoning being less about making the trainspotters put the work in; more to prevent records being pigeonholed before they’ve even been taken out of the sleeve.

However, when it comes to confounding preconceptions Bibio has taken the opposite approach. For it’s in this single guise that Wolverhampton-born producer Stephen Wilkinson has recorded a series of albums which make most producer’s progression look as unpredictably maverick as Liam Gallagher going from Oasis to Beady Eye. From the instrumental folktronica of early albums like Hand Cranked through to the sunny synth-pop and digital soul of 2009’s Warp debut Ambivalence Avenue – which also showcased Wilkinson’s falsetto croon – Bibio’s only trademark is that you have absolutely no idea what his records will sound like before playing them.

So although Mind Bokeh can be expected to be a wilfully eclectic pick’n’mix affair, what he’s actually going to pull out the bag can still surprise. For if Bibio’s albums to date could be the output of five different bands, on his sixth LP that could be said of almost every track. Opener Excuses has an ambient intro subsequently ruptured by DJ Shadow-style beats and Wilkinson’s voice; More Excuses could be Metronomy jamming with J Dilla; and Light Seep proclaims his love for both Crosby, Stills and Nash and psychedelic synths.

It’s hardly coherent stuff – the jump between Artists’ Valley’s melancholy electronic coda and K Is for Kelson’s jubilant African highlife being particularly wide – but there’s rarely the sense that Bibio is simply taping disparate parts together; instead, he’s folding sounds in on themselves, like aural origami. That dexterity is particularly apparent on the closing Saint Christopher, where a lissom guitar is refracted through muted hi-hats and electronic glitches. It might be less hyperactive than much of the rest of Mind Bokeh, but still displays the same inventive imagination that Bibio has thankfully applied to dreaming up new musical permutations rather than pseudonyms.

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Mind Bokeh is the mindblowing, genre-hopping kaleidoscope new album from British multi-instrumentalist Bibio (aka Stephen Wilkinson), brimming with neon beats, infectious hooks and brooding melancholy. It's hard to believe it's all from the mind (and hands) of one man.

It follows the more organic, pastoral Ambivalence Avenue, his first album on War which garnered incredible worldwide praise. Recently, Lover's Carvings, a track from Ambivalence Avenue, soundtracked the Kindle ad.

The first pressing of the CD features changeable artwork and a die cut window wallet.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind Bokeh - Awesome Album 8 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
If you are an existing fan of Bibio this is a must have, again packed full of creativity and ideas, I can't stop listening to this - a classic must buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing ! 7 Aug 2011
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Like an Amazon woman walking out of an oasis holding the finest satchel of coconut milk to refresh the soul.... this is mind bokeh
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bibio - another brilliant ablum! 21 April 2011
Format:Audio CD
Ok, so this is Bibios 5th album, 2nd on Warp Records. I have been following him since the start and wow how his style has changed, but some how stayed the same over the 6 years!

This album to me has a sound of 70's American sitcom with a early 90's urban feel with a nod to 80's syfy movies too!

Best tracks on this album are 'Excuses, Anything New, Wake Up!, K is for Kelson(!),More Excuses and Feminine Eye' the other tracks (to me) just seem to be missing something and seem to be dragged out too long in MHO, thats my reason for giving it 4* not 5*.

The tracks I have on repeat are 'Anything New' and 'K is for Kelson' they are Winning for me!

Over all a brilliant album but as I have said some tracks seem to go nowhere after the 3 min mark.

But do buy the album, you will not be disappointed!

PS: Thank you BoC for helping this guy out with his first album 'Fi', he is now miles ahead of you guys! Get it together! just a rant...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Ambivalence Avenue, but it tried. 29 May 2011
By Woofit
Format:Audio CD
Bibio is a terrific artist, but this album is trying just a little too hard to be the excellent Ambivalence Avenue. It seems as if the whole piece has been constructed to an Ambivalence blueprint. I can only describe it as a sort of 'tribute act' album. I expected more and felt a little disappointed. Bibio's sound has changed so much over his previous albums (for the better) and this doesn't represent forward progression, just a small step back or a side step at best.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Electro-pop with an experimental edge 28 Mar 2011
By William Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
Music fans who heard bibio's song "Lover's Carvings" on the kindle commercial might be better advised to buy the song rather than an entire album by him. I'm thinking that the experimental nature of most of bibio's music might be off-putting to many listeners. The artist uses distorted beats, altered vocals, ambient sounds, odd time signatures and other tricks to create his melange of sound. "Carvings" was on his last album, Ambivalence Avenue. On this new one, Mind Bokeh, a song can start out in a relatively conventional way, as with the quasi-funky "Pretentious," but then the melody fractures and never quite reassembles itself. The very next song, "Anything New," starts out as a pretty straightforward electro-pop number, but the 2nd half of the song features a twisted wordless vocal that sounds like the equipment is just starting to malfunction. And the rest of Mind Bokeh continues in similar fashion. None of it is unpleasant to listen to, and I like this kind of stuff myself, but I'm not sure what mainstream listeners will think.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Channel-surfing 29 Mar 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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What could I say about Bibio that might convince you this deserves your attention?
Think about the wild ambience of a group like Boards of Canada, paired with the scatter-shot sampling style of Bonobo, and throw in a dash of Caribou. Many of us have favorite songs, favorite moments, even favorite memories with those groups (maybe others as well). The truth is, that's what this album is, at its' best. It preserves the unique approach this genre demands, while pulling, in some dramatic fashion, at your heartstrings.

I can remember how hearing the turn in the last 90 seconds of "Excuses" (the introduction to this album) made me glance to make sure it was the same song, because it devolves into a rough electro-jazz, influenced by Kraftwerk and Herbie Hancock, before ending suddenly. Many of the songs whiz by in a kind of distorted haze, but, on second and third listens, bonds are formed with the textures created. Every song has at least one or two moments that call back to something in my childhood. That lingering nostalgia is what created the connection for me to this album.

While it seems like a couple of the tracks don't fit well on this album (most people will call out to "Take Off Your Shirt"), remind yourself that albums need to breathe and take a few turns. This is not a mere collection of tracks. When "Saint Christopher" jazzily calls back to the title track, albeit in speedier, more upbeat form, you can start to recognize what this album is truly doing. It is a way to channel memories from our past, and propel them towards our mysterious, yet bright future.

One of my favorites of 2011.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Like late 70's early 80's sensual super nova-nostalgia 29 Mar 2011
By Jeff Abbott - Published on Amazon.com
How to describe this? First these aren't songs, they're tracks. It's like a crazy collage of cut-out magazine photos all strewn together, glued on some neon poster board and slapped on your wall haphazardly. I pity the producer who tries to classify this music under some type of genre (and "electro-pop" doesn't begin to describe it). I totally agree with the other reviewer. If you're not familiar with Bibio then chances are this type of music is going to be somewhat foreign to you. It really is a bit for a discerning listener or maybe even an audiophile. It can be playfully chintzy at certain moments and then woefully sensual at others -and this can happen all within just one track. It's good music to listen to with your headphones on and your eyes shut tightly -just soaking it all in. Overall I really liked this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars explorative, cerebral electro-journeys 21 Jun 2011
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Aka England's Stephen Wilkinson with his 6th album--an explorative, cerebral, sonic synthesis of
sampled electro-journeys for open-minded, intellectual listener/dancers. It's a naturalist electronic
collage pastiche of dreamy atmospherics that moves in, around & behind the beat. Similarities to
Owen, Boards Of Canada, Aphex Twin, Caribou, Autechre, Mum.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique (in an awesome way) 17 May 2011
By Marlee - Published on Amazon.com
So I first heard of Bibio from the Amazon commercial, and downloaded that song. Then I downloaded their sampler for Ambivalence Avenue. At first, I thought it was weird. Then it grew on me. I normally listen to more soft pop stuff, but I liked what I was hearing. When Mind Bokeh was $4, I jumped on this CD. And I am glad I did! While not all the songs are memorable (the tracks sometimes blend together), this is perfect music for when I'm doing my homework or just chilling out. I'll find myself humming random parts or remembering some hidden lyric. Here are my opinions on the songs:

Excuses - A very random tune, with lots of components. A lot of the tracks are a mix, but this one felt very unconnected and didn't interest me much. - 3/5

Pretentious - This one is funky and interesting. It changes throughout, but more like a chameleon than a mishmosh of random pieces. - 4/5

Anything New - This song starts slow but quickly becomes a stick-in-your-head melody. - 4.5/5

Wake Up! - Despite a broader variety of instruments and more vocals, this one is not particularly memorable and never really took off for me - 3/5

Light Seep - With a more electronic vibe, this one has a nice rhythm but remains calm. Not as compelling as some others, but still a good pick. - 4/5

Take Off Your Shirt - I know many other fans don't like this one, as it's quite a deviation from usual Bibio works. I love it, though. It's the easygoing soft vocals juxtaposed with a stronger beat that makes it always stick in my head. - 5/5

Artists' Valley - Sounds like the instrumental orchestration from a pop song, very catchy. It's dreamlike in its own unusual way. - 4.5/5

K Is For Kelson - This is so bubbly and fun, with weird "found sounds" that sound like hitting pans and the ticking of clocks. So addictive! - 5/5

Mind Bokeh - This one is extremely repetitive, but soothing. However, if I listened to it for too long, it would seriously annoy me. - 3.5/5

More Excuses - Interesting, especially in the sort of syncopation. It became graining with the overly repetitive melody. It ends with a gorgeous instrumental, however. - 3/5

Feminine Eye - This one's my absolute favorite! The perfect mix of a few memorable lyrics and a crazy cool melody makes for an amazingly unique ditty. - 5/5

Saint Christopher - A beautiful mix of musical styles, instruments, and moods. This sounds both angelic and an example of imperfect beauty. - 4/5

Overall, I really liked it! Get it while it's only $5!
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