Stephen Wilkinson returns with a new Bibio album, Sleep On The Wing, on June 12 via Warp. It comes just a year after the very good Ribbons and like that record, strings play a big part here which, like most everything on the record, Wilkinson played himself.

The first single is Sleep on the Wing's bucolic title track. “Lyrically, I feel that the song has two aspects to it," says Wilkinson. "The idea of being in the wake of a loss, and with hope, continuing the life of someone who has passed, through allowing oneself to be inspired by what they did during their lifetime and what they left behind, whether it’s the things they said, the knowledge they shared or the things they made. The other aspect to the song is perhaps more direct, and talks of escaping the city to find peace in the countryside, but the title is more a celebration of dreaming and the liberating power of imagination, not necessarily a physical escape. Music has the power to inspire dreaming and fuel the imagination, and that’s what I’ve always found so addictive about music.” You can watch the genuinely lovely animated video, below.

Sleep On The Wing tracklist
1. Sleep On The Wing
2. A Couple Swim
3. Lightspout
4. Oakmoss
5. Miss Blennerhassett
6. The Milkyway Over Ratlinghope
7. Awpockes
8. Crocus
9. Otter Shadows
10. Warching Thus, The Heron Is All Pool