To celebrate the recent release of his seventh album Bibio can now preview the video for electric album track “Light Up The Sky.” The clip is filled with kaleidoscopic colors and showcases Bibio’s multi-instrumental talents. Watch the video here now: https://youtu.be/jgrgCaSo8e4
“Light Up The Sky was the most recently recorded track on the album. It was one of those tracks that came together quite quickly, all starting off with those cycling chords. I think I may have started writing the track on the piano in my house, the vocal melody came out spontaneously and a couple of lines of lyrics, which then became the foundation of the song. This is how a lot of my songs are written, I find words that sound right with the music, phonetically and rhythmically, and then think about how I can run with them, contextually. I later recorded the chords played on my Hohner Clavinet D6 and the ideas for the other instruments flowed naturally, I knew quite quickly how I wanted it to sound. The vocals are quite different to anything I’ve done before, pushing the androgyny thing further than I usually do, there’s something I really like about male falsetto, and it’s a range I feel fairly comfortable with.
When Warp & I decided to do a music video for this track, I knew I wanted to do a performance video with interesting lighting, and my immediate choice was to work with Joe Giacomet, who is actually a still photographer and does mostly portraits. I’ve worked with him for my own press shots and I love his style, his attention to detail and his passion for light. He’d never made a music video before but I was seeing the approach to this video as being like moving portraiture and was totally confident he’d be great to work with. In the studio he thinks and acts fast and sees things in the frame that I don’t, he has subtle ideas for lighting that I wouldn’t think of. A lot of the general ideas were mine to start with, like with the projections of microscopic mineral imagery, projecting minerals onto instruments etc. but Joe helped bring them to life and develop them further. I shot the mineral footage myself at home with a polarising microscope, the polarising filter is the thing that reveals the colours within the minerals, and if you rotate the polarising filter while videoing, you capture lush shimmering colours that change quite dramatically, whereas the minerals under normal light are quite colourless. Hans Lo also worked on the edit with me and also prepared the mineral footage for the projectors. We shot the video over 3 days in a studio in east London, then Hans & I edited the video separately and brought together our edits. It was great seeing it come together and a lot of my favourite shots were unplanned and discovered by accident, such as the holographic ghostlike images of the keyboard and guitars.”
A Mineral Love was released on April 1st. The record draws influences from across several decades, colored with the texture and detail with which Bibio has become synonymous.