Bibio - Phantom Brickworks

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Phantom Brickworks is the eighth studio album by British electronic musician Bibio, released in November 2017 via Warp Records.

Stephen Wilkinson better known as Bibio, is an English music producer. His music is primarily electronic and experimental in nature. He currently releases music on Warp Records, having previously been with Mush Records.

Wilkinson developed a passion for experimental music during his time at Middlesex University in London, where he studied "sonic arts". He developed his own style of music, drawing from contemporary experimental electronica bands such as Boards of Canada, and incorporating field recordings and found sounds. Electronically modified guitar melodies and droning synthesizer sounds are a recurring theme in his pieces, causing many people to label his music as a hybrid of electronica or intelligent dance music and folk music.

Phantom Brickworks sheds the more traditional folk sound of 2016's A Mineral Love, offering nine different windows of stone tape ambiance, shining a light on the ghosts of his life.

Extracted from the Warp Records website about this new album:  “…designed as a map to see you through mental portals into places and times - some real, some imaginary, Bibio's Phantom Brickworks utilizes his skills at crafting improvised musical pieces to smuggle in more darker notions of what constitutes ambient music in 2017. Describing the album's context and ideas, Bibio is quoted as saying: “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."

Each of the album's nine pieces is improvised around slowly swelling drones that over time evolve into newly formed shapes, yet no matter how loud you listen, tiny details remain just out of reach of your field of hearing. While you know they are passing by, it's hard to grip on to each individual detail as notes slowly take form before withdrawing backwards into the gloom, almost as instantly as they first appeared.

The enveloping emptiness at times threatens to engulf you whole as the album, and the time that surrounds it slips by. In this transformative way, it would be of note to see Phantom Brickworks within the same field of vision as the work of La Monte Young's Dream House 78' 17", Coil's Time Machines or The Caretaker's An Empty Bliss Beyond This World. Vessels designed to use music as a way of transportation, pushing the listener through both time and space to somewhere new, except with Bibio guiding the way forward, where you arrive may not be quite where you expected...”

Check out the tracks:  Phantom Brickworks”; “Phantom Brickworks III (Edit)”; and “Capel Celyn”.

This double album 2LP record set is on black vinyl with a digital download code, pressed in Europe.











Phantom Brickworks






Phantom Brickworks II



Capel Celyn



Phantom Brickworks III



Ivy Charcoal



Branch Line



Capel Bethania


SKU 0801061029012
Record Label Warp Records
Label / Model # Inertia
Catalogue Number WARPLP290
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 03 November 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 03 November 2017
Barcode # 0801061029012
Shipping Weight 0.3850kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, Black Vinyl, Die-Cut Inner Sleeves, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Electronic
Genre Ambient
Genre Downtempo
Genre Folktronica

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