Bibio ‎– Hand Cranked

Mush ‎– MH-244
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1 The Cranking House 2:01
2 Cherry Go Round 5:53
3 Quantock 4:07
4 Black Country Blue 2:07
5 Marram
Co-producer, Written-By [Co-written] – Richard Roberts
6 Aberriw 1:46
7 Zoopraxiphone 3:52
8 Dyfi 4:02
9 Ffwrnais 3:10
10 Woodington 5:19
11 Above The Rooftops 3:41
12 Snowbow 3:44
13 Maroon Lagoon 2:37
14 Overgrown 5:45

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  • Written-By, Performer [Played By], Vocals [Sang By], Recorded By, Lyrics By, ArtworkStephen Wilkinson*


These recordings were made inside and outside in Middle England and Mid Wales.

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  • Barcode (Text): 6 63405 12442 1
  • Matrix / Runout: RPP-CA CR53123 HAND CRANKED MH244 | 01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LL29

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March 11, 2008
This is a really special release which includes some of my favourite songs of recent years.
For this second album Bibio has focused much more on his jangley finger picked steel string
pieces which are bursting at the seams with rich hooks and melodies.
These pieces are set against Bibio's unique backdrop of crackling warbling found sounds and field recordings.
It's very apparent that each piece has been lovingly constructed with great attention to detail,
however the emphasis is often on the imperfections which is what makes the Bibio vision such a brave one.

I've heard many artists explore the theme of using field recordings and found sounds and old equipment as one off
songs or mixed with sharper more produced sounds, here the aged sounds is consistent through out making it more
of a painterly impressionistic vision and one with great integrity as the project seems to be about recreating a lost sound.

One of the more interesting aspects of it is that it seems to be partially informed by dance music
so the familiar looped samples approach is present but with the guitar parts treated this way instead of the usual beats
which is quite post modern really. Handcranked is however not as varied as his brilliant debut 'Fi' so this might not be
the best introduction album as it is very similar in format throughout, guitar piece after guitar piece and while some of
the pieces do fall a little short, the album highlights 'Marram, Zoopraxiphone and Quantock burn so brightly that you'll
just be glad you bought it. An album to cherish.


August 28, 2007
edited over 10 years ago

Bibio's second album, HAND CRANKED, mines much of the same area as his debut, FI, but with a noticable difference in sound. This time around, Bibio is much more wedded to folk music, though his sonic experimentation with it remains unabated. Thus, the cheery "Cherry Go Round" has much more of a rustic feel than anything on FI; "Quantock" and "Maroon Lagoon" show much more of a melodic interest, as opposed to the tone poems that populate his earlier album (though "Black Country Blue" certainly harkens back to that). "Marram" and "Woodington" have a soft melancholy surrounding them, while "Aberriw" actually adds some vocals into the layers of refracted guitars. The piano loops on "Above the Rooftops" wander around themselves, as if doing a jig. But, at his best (like on "Dyfi"), he blends nostalgia and bucolic living into a swirling mass of sound -- the countryside on peyote. A drifting, dreamy album.


April 9, 2007
edited over 11 years ago

Playing guitar in a beautiful landscape of United Kingdom + inspiration + nostalgia = Bibio!

Stephen Wilkinson amazes us again with Hand Cranked, the sequel of his incredible debut album Fi. Hand Cranked directly reaches our feelings by its beauty and poetry.

Looped guitar riffs, lo-fi recording and melodies all mix together to result that wonderful release. Nature and nostalgia are the most obvious inspirations and it makes Hand Cranked so magical! That album definitely deserves to be one of the best albums of 2006. Absolutely a must-have for nostalgic music listeners!