Since Mineral Love, Bibio has been in an exploratory period which has blossomed into two drastically different EPs. Beyond Serious is way off the beaten path.
The title of Bibio’s new EP, Beyond Serious, is a misnomer. Bibio has been playing around since the release of his last full-length, A Mineral Love. The new EP, Beyond Serious, is a product of that play.
A Mineral Love was more of what we have come to expect from Stephen Wilkinson’s Bibio project: folky, jazzy, and a little funky. Since that release, we have seen an exploratory period blossom into two drastically different EPs.The Serious EP was similar to what we know from Bibio, but with a guest vocalist, Olivier St. Louis. But Beyond Serious is something quite different: an homage to 1990s French House. It’s quite a departure, and not in any way an appealing one to someone looking for anything even remotely similar to Bibio’s past releases. If you are a die-hard fan, grab this release and dig in, as it has some treasure (“Beyond My Eyes” being this reviewer’s favorite), but it’s not a must-listen release by any stretch.