British producer and musician Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio has announced the release of his seventh album fittingly titled Silver Wilkinson. The effort draws inspiration from organic environments, particularly his own garden.
“If there was a preconceived idea before this album started coming together, it was a fairly vague one: to focus more on an organic and live sound and to record more guitar and other live instrumentation”, said Bibio in a handwritten statement about his forthcoming album. “I like the idea of comparing albums to seasons – they stand alone yet are part of a bigger story. They complement each other. So this album, to an extent, started out with the desire for a new ‘season’, contrasting somewhat with the previous.”
Silver Wilkinson will hit stores on May 13th in Europe and a day later in North America via Warp. Ahead of it, Bibio dropped the first bright and gorgeous single, ‘À tout à l’heure’. Bibio explains how the song came about:
“The recording of ‘À tout à l’heure’ started out in my garden on a gorgeous sunny day when it felt morally wrong to be hidden away indoors. I still had the urge to make music so I limited myself to a few bits of gear and set up in my garden: a 12 string guitar, an MPC sampler, a microphone and a cassette recorder. I drummed on objects in the garden, like a plastic watering can and ‘snipped’ garden shears for percussion parts. The guitar part was something I had been developing over some time in my head but it was this change of environment that led to recording the backbone of this song, which I then continued to build upon in my studio later. When I listen to the intro of that track now, I still hear the sunshine and the garden in it because for me it’s like a photograph of that moment. No doubt the sunny outdoors inspired the lyrics too.”
Listen to ‘À tout à l’heure’ beneath and grab it free here, in exchange for an email.