Bibio: Computers Made of Tree Roots?
If a jazz trio improving its way through an old standard is like a great debate over a pint, studio and laptop productions are like watching the dialogue in a film; there can still be brilliant interaction going on, but it’s all been conceptualized by someone behind the scenes. As production values change, I’m fascinated by the movement toward more human, organic approaches to computer music. Still, producers like Nosaj Thing and Flying Lotus lose my interest pretty quickly after the newness of their sound wears off. Is anyone going to remember those tracks in 20 years? I have a lot of respect for those guys sonically, and lots of other producers out there–they’re pushing sounds and ideas that need pushing–, but I just don’t find their music has a lot of substance. I can’t hum them later, there’s nothing to latch onto.
A producer who has caught my ear recently is Bibio. Most reviewers out there have noted his kind of quaint, British countryside kind of approach, but what gets me is his ability to use new sounds and styles while still creating songs that have catchy melodies and lots of substance. His earlier albums are more about production and effects, but his most recent, Ambivalence Avenue, dives right at being a quirky pop record with amazing production and great musicality.
The title track of the album, Ambivalence Avenue, is a really nice, innocent pop track.
It was hard to choose a second track, but Fire Ant really shows Bibio’s ability to mix sonically interesting production with catchy-as-fuck-ness.
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