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06.02.2019, Words by Felicity Martin

Bibio returns with 'Curls', inspired by "memories, observations and fantasies"

The Warp mainstay steps out for the first time after 2017's 'Phantom Brickworks'

Bibio is a master in creating sounds that feel autumnal – his productions are heavy on field recordings and gentle guitar sounds.

The first we’ve seen of the Warp mainstay since 2017’s ‘Phantom Brickworks’, Stephen Wilkinson has  returned to the label with ‘Curls’, a track with gentle folk touches that recall Fleet Foxes.

“Like with many of my songs and instrumental pieces, this song started out with a guitar riff,” Bibio says. “It then took on a melodic theme played on mandolin and violin, both being instruments I started playing in 2018. Lyrically, the song is inspired by a collection of separate memories, observations and fantasies, seemingly unrelated but tied together by a theme of admiration of those small things in life.

“When I look back on recent years, some of the things that seem to be significant to me are these small observations and experiences, like the smell of rain on wool or fresh air captured in a person’s hair after coming inside from a walk outside. These moments can be joyous and profound at times, a reminder of what life can be about, both meaningful and beyond meaning, which is a reminder for me that wordless songs often seem to say more than ones with lyrics.

“These types of everyday moments can feel more significant or memorable than qualifications and ambitious achievements, they extend into the ancient and beyond one’s own inner world; the same consciousness was probably experiencing the same many millennia before us. There are many good things in life that you can have too much of, except for fresh air, so perhaps that’s why it feels so welcome when it clings to us, and therefore, like these other little daily observations that resonate with me so much, it’s worthy of a mention in a song.”

Listen to ‘Curls’ now:

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