The album follows 2017's ambient atmospheric Phantom Brickworks, and sees the English artist return to the path of structured songwriting last explored on 2016’s A Mineral Love. Ribbons yields folkloric charm with an organic palette, incorporating a mostly acoustic-led approach exploring ‘60s and ‘70s psychedelia, soul, ambient, electronic, and field recordings.
A self-taught musician, singer, and producer, Bibio, real name Stephen Wilkinson, plays nearly all of the instrumental parts on the album and unveils new instruments to his palette, bringing in mandolins, fiddle, and other stringed instruments. We're told that the LP pays homage to Wilkinson's past J Dilla and Madlib inspired works, this time drawing influence from the eras and records those producers sampled, such as ‘60s and ‘70s Dionne Warwick, Dee Dee Sharp, and other soul artists, but rather than relying on sampling records, Wilkinson creates his homages from scratch with instrumentation.
Referencing the endless ribbons of analogue tape and film used in his music, photography, and cinematic work, the album artwork is designed by Wilkinson, where his portrait offers a window onto an English woodland scene with spring bluebells adorned with ribbons.
01. Beret Girl
02. The Art Of Living
05. Ode To A Nuthatch
06. Watch The Flies
07. It’s Your Bones
08. You Couldn’t Even Hear The Birds Singing
09. Pretty Ribbons And Lovely Flowers
11. Frankincense And Coal
12. Old Graffiti
13. Patchouli May
14. Valley Wulf
16. Under A Lone Ash
Ribbons lands on April 12, with "Curls" playing below.