Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue (6/10)


The solo project of Stephen James Williamson, Bibio covers a lot of territory in 43 minutes. Feeling more like a compilation CD than an artist album, Ambivalence Avenue spans downbeat instrumental hip hop (Fire Ant), psychedelic acoustic folk (Abrasian), electro-funk (S’Vive), and classic Warp style abstract electronica (Dwrcan) – in fact, it’s all over the place.

While you’ve got to respect the clever and eclectic production skills on display here, it’s hard not to think a tighter focus on his strengths would have gone a long way towards making this a better listen.