It’s been 15 years since Boards of Canada released their debut album Music Has The Right To Children on Warp Records. Produced at the bands own Hexagon Sun studio, it introduced the world to BoC’s massive studio techniques and use of field recordings and found sounds. It has a very warm sound for electronic music, which at the time sometimes struggled to escape its cold and binary beginnings. The cover is the perfect embodiment of that idea, with the faceless figures somehow representing a family or unified group of people; an ironic contradiction of cold and faceless reinforced by a warm sense of belonging to a unique group.
Still, that sound, or better yet, that WORLD that Boards of Canada created is unparalleled today and still transports the listener to and otherworldly place where only Boards of Canada makes sense. It was a precursor of the subgenres like IDM and chilled out downtempo. The duo is due out with a new album called Tomorrow’s Harvest which promises to expand on this idea.
After the songs “Wildlife Analysis,” “An Eagle in Your Mind” and “The Color Of The Fire” set the tone for album ahead, Boards of Canada waste no time in setting up their sound on “Telephasic Workshop,” which works its way into a steady rhythm of massive momentum. “Sixtyten” has that driving I don’t even know what sweeping across it, a product of BoC’s found sound and studio techniques. But it sounds so cool. “Roygbiv” is another one of those timeless classics that sound as fresh and influential today is it did back then. Double that for “Rue The Whirl.” “One Very Important Thought” reminded us that the thought police were always just a few steps away via censorship and might just be the first ever public service announcement embedded into a song.
01 - Wildlife Analysis (01:17)
02 - An Eagle In Your Mind (06:23)
03 - The Color Of The Fire (01:45)
04 - Telephasic Workshop (06:35)
05 - Triangles & Rhombuses (01:49)
06 - Sixtyten (05:48)
07 - Turquoise Hexagon Sun (05:08)
08 - Kaini Industries (00:59)
09 - Bocuma (01:36)
10 - Roygbiv (02:29)
11 - Rue The Whirl (06:37)
12 - Aquarius (05:58)
13 - Olson (01:29)
14 - Pete Standing Alone (06:07)
15 - Smokes Quantity (03:07)
16 - Open The Light (04:25)
17 - One Very Important Thought (01:14)
18 - Happy Cycling (07:50)
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