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  • Summary: The latest release from the British producer Stephen Wilkinson features a variety of stringed instruments including the mandolin and fiddle.
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  1. Q Magazine
    May 14, 2019
    80
    Ribbons feels almost like a homecoming. [Jul 2019, p.106]
  2. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    There is a classicism to the songs that give Ribbons a mature, lived in feel but also dislocates it from any specific era, giving it a unique and distinctive feel.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    80
    With Ribbons, it is clear that Bibio is trying to take the best parts of his music over the years and bring them together into one concise, but eclectic, album, and on more than a few moments, he succeeds beautifully.
  4. Apr 16, 2019
    80
    It’s all so very lovely and natural.
  5. Apr 12, 2019
    75
    The results are as reassuring as the memory of your favorite counselor picking up a weather-beaten acoustic guitar by the light of the campfire.
  6. Apr 17, 2019
    75
    The back half of tracks plays out like a rehashing of the first half more than an expansion on them, and Ribbons suffers from it. ... Still, the inviting nature of this record is well worth the time.
  7. Apr 29, 2019
    60
    Ribbons is by no means a stand-out album from an illustrious career and it is not the most memorable of works, but it is a solid, enjoyable folk listen that is perfect for optimism in the sunshine, and, hell, we all need a bit of that right now.

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  1. May 13, 2019
    9
    How genres are fused effortlessly in this project really amazes me. The rural atmosphere, created by banjo, violin and Mellotron and summerHow genres are fused effortlessly in this project really amazes me. The rural atmosphere, created by banjo, violin and Mellotron and summer seeds/ autumn leaves references and even some cow-mooing samples, is joined by more experimental sounds, which can easily fit into his last ambient album. And I really like how this effort doesn't seem to belong in any era sonically, and that's perhaps its distinctive virtue. Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2019
    8
    Recommended to someone just trying to relax. Gives off a really chill vibe. It's nothing new for Bibio, but returning to these sounds reveal aRecommended to someone just trying to relax. Gives off a really chill vibe. It's nothing new for Bibio, but returning to these sounds reveal a new level of refinement to his craft. This guy's the godfather of that whole "24/7 lo-fi hip hop beats" wave that went on for a bit. Yet as vague and overcrowded that stream tends to get, Bibio stands idiosyncratically for his unwavering ambition in sound and occasionally outstanding songwriting. It's a little bloated at over 50 minutes, but it stays relatively consistent throughout (w/ some highlights as well). If you want something with a punch, I would look elsewhere. But if those two things didn't steer you away, give this thing a shot. Expand