Published Jan 21, 2016British electronic producer Bibio recently hinted at new material with the release of a song called "Petals," and now he's revealed full plans for an upcoming album. A Mineral Love is set to arrive on April 1 via Warp.
The aforementioned "Petals" will appear on the new record, as will the next single "Feeling." The latter has also been treated to a set of visuals, directed by Bibio himself.
According to a statement from the musician, the new record celebrates his love of making records and pays homage to a wide range of sonic influences from the '60s to present day. It was recorded from scratch, not using samples of any existing songs, but trying to achieve a similar textural effect. And although there are elements borrowed from an extensive musical history, he describes the new material as his own "view through my stained-glass telescope."
The full statement reads:
This album celebrates the sacred and precious struggles of human insecurities through many windows of familiar musical forms. It's also a celebration of my love of the craft of record making, drawing influences from many sources across all decades from the late sixties to the present. All these referential forms have a twist, some are more full on cocktails.
The album as a whole is an unashamed expression of my fondness of, and need for, variety. The juxtapositions between tracks are well considered and I'm comfortable with them - this is how I enjoy music. This is not a purist record, it is not trying to authentically recreate a specific time or genre but rather use familiar forms as a common language to communicate new ideas and new messages. I want to sing about struggle and tragedy with warmth, sympathy and respect. I want sadness to have bittersweet hope.
The whole album was made from scratch with no samples from other records. I partly want it to sound like sampled records but by crafting every single detail myself and colouring it to have familiar textures that resonates people's forgotten memories. I enjoy the challenge of writing songs that reference the unique qualities and colours of music from different eras. It's all guesswork though, I have no real reliable knowledge of why certain records sound the way they do, I taught myself how to play instruments, write music and produce. This album is my personal, filtered take on those forms and qualities. Some tracks are influenced by records I listen to often and some from ghosts of memories of things I heard while growing up, like 70s/80s American TV themes or 90s dance. Sometimes a filtered and tinted memory of a period is a more exciting source of inspiration than close study and mimicry.
I feel this album is built more from those memories and an exposure to music of many styles rather than close analytical study of any particular one. I think that's why it all sounds like me, regardless of the deliberate references and nods to artists and records of the past. It is after all just a view through my stained-glass telescope.
Despite his unique personal vision, Bibio did enlist the help of guest features from the likes of Gotye, Oliver St. Louis and Wax Stag. You can see where they appear by perusing the album's tracklisting below. Beyond that, watch the brand new clip for "Feeling."
A Mineral Love:
2. A Mineral Love
4. Town & Country
6. The Way You Talk (feat. Gotye)
7. With The Thought Of Us
8. Why So Serious? (feat. Olivier St. Louis)
9. C'est La Vie
10. Wren Tails
11. Gasoline & Mirrors (feat. Wax Stag)
12. Saint Thomas
13. Light Up The Sky