Friday, May 10, 2013

Biggest news in 8 years

I know I'm a bit late to act like this is breaking news, but Boards of Canada, one of my favorite bands and one of the leaders of bizarre IDM music, is releasing their first album in 8 years come this July.
Something is to be said for a band that has stayed strong, and managed to make huge waves with every one of their releases, and stayed at the fore front of experimental music for the last 20+ years.  Something is also said by the legions of hardcore, devoted fans that have created websites, wikis, blogs, theories, and paid thousands of dollars just to have any bit of information about this band.
Thoroughly secretive, cult-like, and clearly very intelligent, the brothers Sandison have created musical voyages unlike anything else, whether it is ambient, IDM, downtempo, experimental, etc.  Their music has a very deliberate quality to it, so that even if it sounds like it has been aged by hundreds of years, that is the intended and desired effect.
The beginning was the impossibly rare Twoism release in 1995.  This was the first time anyone outside of friends and family had access to any of their music (which they had been making for several years before this release).  This became noticed by fans and other musicians alike, due to amazing tracks like Sixtyniner, Oirectine, Twoism, Smokes Quantity, and the quiet, strange 1986 Summer Fire.
Boc Maxima followed, with 20 tracks that ranged from beat oriented Chinook, Everything You do is a Balloon, June 9th, and Turquoise Hexagon Sun, to strange wandering snippets like Wildlife Analysis, Skimming Stones, Concourse and Carcan.
By this time, they had developed a following and caught the attention of the band Autechre and record label Warp.  Their next release, Music Has the Right to Children, was distributed more than anything previous to it, and again took audiences through the many visions of music the band had.  For the first time, they had a hit too, with the track Sixtyten and Roygbiv.
Things turned dark with Geogaddi, a very intense release that had some of their most intense songs and some of the more bizarre works.  Tracks like Gyroscope, 1969, The Devil is in the Details, and You Could Feel the Sky evoked a very dark and twisted feeling, and this for me is the highlight of their work.
We had a remarkably different The Campfire Headphase, bringing heavy use of guitars and slower beats to the mix, including their second, larger hit, Dayvan Cowboy.  With just 4 unheard Boards of Canada tracks, Trans Canada Highway came out with a similar style to Headphase, with less beats and more weirdness to it.

Fans are exploding with theories as to the new music, you can check out or the major work of accomplishment that is or read this rave review:

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