Sleep On The Wing follows a pattern Bibio has established in his work; releasing a follow up EP after an album exploring similar sonic ground. This release draws on a familiar range of influences from traditional folk, peaceful atmospheric soundscapes and field recordings from the natural world.
Out now via Warp Publishing + Warp Records
Stephen Wilkinson (Bibio) once again demonstrates the breadth of his musicality, embracing a wide range of self-played instruments including the strings which gave 2019's Ribbons album much of its flavour. The Sleep On The Wing EP is a largely instrumental collection that exhibits deep atmospheric melodies as observations on rural escapism, reflection and melancholia. It recalls his Fi and Hand Cranked releases as well as the folk guitar leanings of Ambivalence Avenue, Silver Wilkinson and The Green EP. Recorded in Bibio’s home studio in the UK midlands countryside, the writing process starts in a similar place to most of his previous works, growing from a guitar riff into a richly textured soundscape one instrument at a time. As on Ribbons, the surrounding nature seeps into the studio and underlies the essence of his music as it unfurls, as on the likes of 'Oakmoss' and 'Otter Shadows'. Sleep On The Wing is a set of wistful and wonderful modern-day folk instrumentals from the evergreen Bibio.