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  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for British experimental electronic producer Stephen Wilkinson is mostly improvised musical pieces.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
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  1. 90
    With Phantom Brickworks Bibio has not only created a record that stands apart from his other Warp albums to date, but has cemented his mastery of the atmospheric; creating an album that can imprint on a listeners’ surroundings like few others.
  2. Nov 6, 2017
    82
    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.
  3. Nov 2, 2017
    80
    Hushed yet haunting, Phantom Brickworks offers a beautiful new perspective on Bibio's music.
  4. The Wire
    Feb 23, 2018
    80
    The ninth album from Wolverhampton born singer-guitarist and producer Stephen James Wilkinson is even more vague and numinous than 2016’s A Mineral Love and far better for it. [Feb 2018, p.58]
  5. Nov 6, 2017
    75
    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. But they’re vistas that have been internalized and made personal, and that process--along with the calm majesty of the songs--is the source of Phantom Brickworks emotional sweep.
  6. Uncut
    Nov 16, 2017
    70
    Akin to labelmate Brian Eno's early ambient work, its nine, often lengthy tracks of ghostly yet graceful desolation are intended to evoke the forgotten histories of enduring locations. [Jan 2018, p.18]
  7. Nov 2, 2017
    60
    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.

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  1. Nov 6, 2017
    9
    This album is one of the most emotionally evocative pieces of ambient music I've heard in a long time. I've been listening to it for days now,This album is one of the most emotionally evocative pieces of ambient music I've heard in a long time. I've been listening to it for days now, and it keeps bringing me more and more feelings each time I hear it. I walk around the neighbourhood and I can almost feel it changing my heart rate over time. It's so thoughtful and possibly the most beautiful piece of music I've heard all year. Expand