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"Bibio's music may be more familiar to you than you realize. Not necessarily because you've heard it before, but because even on first listen it triggers brilliantly hazy moments of déjà vu. Of course, there is the strong possibility you have heard his music before, as the soundtrack to scores of Vimeo short films, his previous release (and Pitchfork 'Best New Music'd)
, or more recently in the current Amazon Kindle ad which took 'Lovers' Carvings,' a favorite from the last record as its soundtrack. Since
, his debut for Warp, he's gathered together all the disparate strands of his myriad phases and influences to create a concentrate that works as full-on, neon-lit pop. And not every day, auto-tune pop, but champagne cork pop - a jolting, immediate, highly pleasant surprise from out of the blue, which is titled
. Says Bibio,
'Bokeh is the out of focus region of a photograph. It's not a quantifiable thing, but photographers and lens manufacturers are obsessed with it. In Japanese it means "haze," "blur," or even "dementia." I called the album
because I'm interested in the effect of defocusing your mind, whether through meditation, chemicals or whatever - it's a state of mind quite alien to Westerners.'
Bibio is on the brink of big pop things but he's the anti-PT Barnum. He recalls (and firmly agrees with) a quote he memorized from an old Boards of Canada interview, 'always assume that the listener is the most intelligent person imaginable. If you always think like that, you never insult the listener.'
is the album you deserve."
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