Phantom Brickworks

Bibio - Phantom Brickworks
Critic Score
Based on 13 reviews
2017 Ratings: #153 / 722
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2017 Ratings: #159
November 3, 2017 / Release Date
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Warp / Label
Ambient / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

92
GIGsoup
Although the album requires patience and an open-mind, it takes Bibio’s work to a new level, showcasing not only clear artistic vision but masterful composition and production.
90
The Line of Best Fit

It's easy to lose your place in tracks, and to lose moments of tracks you remember hearing on another listen. But what makes Phantom Brickworks extraordinary is not any particular moment. Like some of the finer electronic albums in the past decade, it's the sum of its parts.

82
Pitchfork

In a year in need of centering and a sense of calm, Phantom Brickworks lives up to its name; it feels haunted while also offering up a hope to rebuild.

80
AllMusic

Hushed yet haunting, Phantom Brickworks offers a beautiful new perspective on Bibio's music.

80
Drowned in Sound
The overall effect is that of a fully original piece of music, extremely relaxing and imaginative, which effortlessly creates the suggested atmosphere of haunted places for the listener.
80
No Ripcord

Entrancing in its stillness, Phantom Brickworks solidifies Bibio as an artist of remarkable versatility.

75
XLR8R
There’s a widescreen vibe to these tracks; with their patient, sometimes nearly imperceptible cycles of accretion and subsidence, they feel as much like landscapes as they do music.
70
Northern Transmissions

While not always a constant draw by the end of a track, many songs offer compelling hooks and sounds that can make even their longest writing gripping.

70
Clash

Living up to its title, ‘Phantom Brickworks’ proves a spectral set, a fragile sounding record that confidently conveys the intent of its creator.

70
PopMatters

As much of a lateral and exploratory move, this is for Wilkinson, and it is also a move forward away from a bad habit. Past Bibio releases tend to lose their identity in his experimentations, ending up as a pile of mixed goods. Here, on Phantom Brickworks, the theme is gospel.

60
Exclaim!
Wilkinson's eighth full-length shows the musician's adeptness at thoughtful, patient compositions, but he seems to have forgotten the value of self-editing.
boniverski
77
Bibio has evolved definitely. It's like a mix of Tim Hecker, William Basinski and Andy Stott sort of. It's very interesting, soothing but sadly forgettable record.
holsgr
70
☆☆☆ ~ Remarkable album. I feel engaged with this consistent and deeply satisfying music in a wholly compelling unique way.
laz456
85
I find this album vastly underrated. Wonderful ambient album with a chilling, enveloping atmosphere.
CheapandLethal
70
Worth a listen
Gupla
87
Si bien Bibio a lo largo de su carrera se ha tomado el atrevimiento de experimentar distintos géneros que van desde la electronica psicodelica y la folkronica, esta vez y con Phantom Brickworks, el productor inglés nos regala un disco conformado en su totalidad por música ambient (y que bien que haya sido así).

Phantom Brickworks no es áspero ni tampoco intenso, sino todo lo contrario, ya que éste se mueve en una marea tranquila, nubla y transparente, ... read more
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#11/Time Out New York

Track List

  1. 09:13
  2. Phantom Brickworks
  3. Pantglas
  4. Phantom Brickworks II
  5. Capel Celyn
  6. Phantom Brickworks III
  7. Ivy Charcoal
  8. Branch Line
  9. Capel Bethania
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