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Bibio is the folk-meets-electronica project of self-taught producer/multi-instrumentalist Stephen Wilkinson, from England's Black Country (aka the West Midlands). As a student of sonic arts at London's Middlesex University, Wilkinson was first inspired by '90s electronic acts such as Aphex Twin, Autechre, and especially Boards of Canada, but became equally intrigued by mid-20th century British folk. He combined these sounds in his own music, along with found sounds and field recordings, for a unique mix of organic and synthetic atmospheres. Boards of Canada's Marcus Eoin handed Wilkinson's demos to Mush Records, which released Bibio's debut album, Fi, in 2004, and its more song-based follow-up, Hand Cranked, two years later. Wilkinson also released the limited-edition Sheila Sets Sail/Tribio on the Artist's Valley imprint, part of a collective Wilkinson has with producers Andy Harber and Richard Roberts. The Ovals and Emeralds EP, which featured organ instead of Bibio's usual acoustic guitars, arrived in 2008; Vignetting the Compost followed in 2009. That summer, Bibio moved to Warp for the eclectic Ambivalence Avenue, followed several months later by the release of a remix-heavy album, The Apple and the Tooth. For 2011's Mind Bokeh -- named after the term for the blurry area in a photograph -- Wilkinson moved further away from folktronica and deeper into the meticulously sampled electro/hip-hop direction he began on Ambivalence Avenue. For Bibio's sixth album, 2013's Silver Wilkinson, he balanced the pastoral leanings of his earlier work with a more experimental electronic bent. The Green EP, which featured Silver Wilkinson's "Dye the Water Green" along with several older, previously unreleased tracks, arrived in early 2014. That year, Bibio's original score for the Jason Reitman film Men, Women & Children was also released. On 2016's Mineral Love, Wilkinson dug deeper into his flair for nostalgia, taking inspiration from sources as diverse as TV show themes from the '70s and '80s and '90s dance music. Though the album's sounds seemed sampled, Mineral Love consisted of entirely new recordings by Wilkinson and collaborators including Gotye and Wax Stag. ~ Heather Phares
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  2.   A Tout a L'heure
  3.   Lovers' Carvings
  4.   Feeling
  5.   Haikuesque (When She Laughs)
  6.   Anything New
  7.   Artists' Valley
  8.   Ambivalence Avenue
  9.   Cherry Blossom Road
  10.   Puddled in the Morning
  11.   Saint Thomas
  12.   Saint Christopher
  13.   A Thousand Syllables
  14.   Wren Tails
  15.   Looking Through the Facets of a Plastic Jewel
  16.   Why So Serious?
  17.   Town & Country
  18.   K Is For Kelson
  19.   Wake Up!
  20.   Don't Summarise My Summer Eyes
  21.   Down to the Sound
  22.   It Was Willow
  23.   At the Chase
  24.   Pretentious
  25.   I'm Rewinding It…
  26.   Buried Matchbox
  27.   Dye the Water Green
  28.   The First Daffodils
  29.   London Planes
  30.   Make Up
  31.   Light Up the Sky
  32.   Gasoline & Mirrors
  33.   Raxeira
  34.   A Mineral Love
  35.   Preen Your Own Wings
  36.   Dinghy
  37.   Take Off Your Shirt
  38.   Light Sleep
  39.   Feminine Eye
  40.   Excuses
  41.   Rotten Rudd
  42.   The Palm of Your Wave
  43.   Sugarette
  44.   S'vive
  45.   Fire Ant
  46.   Dwrcan
  47.   All the Flowers by Erol Alkan
  48.   Poplar Avenue
  49.   Steal the Lamp
  50.   Heath Town
  51.   Jealous of Roses
  52.   With the Thought of Us
  53.   The Apple and the Tooth
  54.   Cluster at CWM Einion
  55.   C'est la Vie
  56.   The Spinney View of Hinkley Point
  57.   Night Falls
  58.   Wet Flakey Bark
  59.   Bewley in Grey
  60.   Petals
  61.   Teleidophonic Torch
  62.   Abrasion
  63.   Cry! Baby!
  64.   Autumn Struck
  65.   Stress Me Out
  66.   Carbon Wulf
  67.   Mind Bokeh
  68.   The Way You Talk
  69.   Bewley in Red
  70.   Bewley in White
  71.   Cantaloup Carousel
  72.   Lakeside
  73.   More Excuses
  74.   Bones & Skull
  75.   Petrichor
  76.   Puffer

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