Sleep On The Wing is a new ten track EP from Bibio (aka Stephen Wilkinson), arriving around a year since last album 'Ribbons', which follows his usual modus operandi of following up an album with an EP that explores similar sonic territory, with influences ranging from traditional folk, peaceful atmospheric soundscapes and field recordings from the natural world. Stephen demonstrates the breadth of his musicality, embracing a wide range of self-played instruments including the strings which gave 'Ribbons' much of its flavour. Sleep On The Wing EP is a largely instrumental collection that exhibits deep atmospheric melodies as observations on rural escapism, reflection and melancholia. 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.
The sleeve artwork by notable illustrator Chris Wormell was developed by Bibio and Chris and lino-printed by Chris. Speaking about how the artwork happened, he explains: “It was an idea that came into my mind when thinking about the title. The bird - a swift - is a bird that apparently can sleep during flight and spends more of its life in flight than any other bird. It really is a creature of the air, the skies are its habitat. I wanted to have artwork that sees the world from the swift’s perspective. It was important to me that the landscape looked typically British, because the British rural landscape has been a never ending source of wonder for me, and the feeling that I try to induce in some of my music very much comes from this desire to really be at the heart of its unique qualities.”
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