The English artist Stephen Wilkinson, aka Bibio, will release his ninth album 'Phantom Brickworks' via Warp on November 3rd, 2017. Only a year after his funk-esque 'A Mineral Love', and even more recently after his accompanying EPs 'The Serious' and 'Beyond Serious', Bibio takes his composition to more a more ambient variety with the idea of understanding places and settings.
“I don’t believe in ghosts but I do believe places can be haunted by meaning. Places change, not always for the better and not always by natural, benevolent or politically sound means. A place can be charged with atmosphere because of what it has been through or what it has been.
Phantom Brickworks is a collection of mostly improvised musical pieces, that for some years now, have provided me with a mental portal into places and times - some real, some imaginary, some a combination of both. Human beings are highly sensitive to the atmospheres of places, which can be enhanced or dramatically altered when you learn about the context of their history. Echoes and voices can sometimes be heard, in some way or another. Places sometimes have things to say.” — Bibio