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Pop & Hiss premiere: Bibio's "K is For Kelson" [Video]

April 4, 2011 |  7:00 am

Bibio's "K is For Kelson" is ostensibly what you'd expect an Ipod commercial to have looked like if they had made them in 1966. Colored in a psychedelic tint of gold, magenta, robin's egg blue and green, the clip captures Stephen Wilkinson playing guitar, tossing an egg shaker, and playing the piano -- a variety of tasks that represent his evolution towards the eclectic. 

Of course, the Midlands-raised artist has been incorporating a wide array of styles including folk, electronica and hip-hop since his 2005 debut "fi" on local left-field hip-hop and beat label Mush Records. But "Mind Bokeh," released last week on seminal English electronic imprint Warp Records, finds Wilkinson swimming even further upstream, incorporating paisley pop touches and danceable tracks to his blend of electronic melancholia.

Originally creatively indebted to Boards of Canada, Bibio's kept his ability to instill into is music a certain nostalgia. The video is appropriate because the music is similarly transportive -- redolent of faded Polaroids, long-ago holidays, and old Apple Macintosh computers. Essentially, a music supervisor's dream.

-- Jeff Weiss