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a giant leap in the visuals for the boards..
April 13, 2006 6:44 PM   Subscribe

"dayvan cowboy" - first video ever for the boards of canada directed by melissa olson from "campfire headphase" /and/ the upcoming ep "trans canada highway" which is launched on 06/06/06. video has sequences of previously discussed space giant leap.
posted by zenzizi (39 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

 
it has some nice slow-mo surfin' too :D
posted by zenzizi at 6:47 PM on April 13, 2006


Wow.

Just ... wow.

BTW, that's Laird's big ride at Teahupoo only they flipped the film to make it a right, rather than a left.
posted by Relay at 6:56 PM on April 13, 2006


the video works well.
i hope it exposes BOC to more people.

but, for me anyway, the cd (which is excellent), works best as listening music, without a visual distraction.

my fave BOC cd so far... recommended!
posted by fisherKing at 7:14 PM on April 13, 2006


It's nice. I can't, however, resist the urge to say, "Eno, much?"
posted by chococat at 7:15 PM on April 13, 2006


is this the same melissa of "melissa juice", of twosim fame?
posted by ori at 1:15 AM on April 14, 2006


thanks! i am a huge BOC fan and i hadnt heard of this.
posted by joeblough at 1:25 AM on April 14, 2006


i'm sorry, that is a fucking wanky awful music video: the latter half looks like a deodorant commercial -- and then the dolphin and the soaring bird! it's missing some footage of snowboarders, maybe some eagles and slo-mo sprinting cheetahs or some wanker paragliding. boc's music deserves something more interesting than this.
posted by ori at 1:32 AM on April 14, 2006


I'm with ori. Great song. Big BOC fan. The video? Add some Swayze and Keanu, you've got Point Break. No thanks.
posted by lazymonster at 1:46 AM on April 14, 2006


oh it's a band.

didn't realize it was about the music. nice footage though.
posted by beno at 2:34 AM on April 14, 2006


I am nuts about Boards of Canada, and, predictably, I really dig the video, so thanks for the post.

This seems like a good place to post a few boc links. Here's a recent interview Boards of Canada gave to Pitchfork media. In case you've missed the article, or the fallout, I won't spoil the surprise inside for you here.
"Pitchfork: Are you coming from musical families?
Mike: Yeah. And of course it's a big help when your parents play instruments...[pauses]. Actually can I just stop the recorder there for a second?"


Well it surprised me a little, anyway.

Also, What the hell is up with Boards of Cananda? A page documenting some of the oddities hidden inside boc's second album, Geogaddi.
posted by nthdegx at 2:34 AM on April 14, 2006


I found the surfing imagery appropriate and welcome. See here and here for further study. Glitchy beats need not be sterile and cold (dreamy guitarscapes help).
posted by basicchannel at 2:45 AM on April 14, 2006


The last album really was a crippling disappointment.
Their first two were pinnacles of the genre, the third sounded as though they'd locked themselves in a studio but forgot the samples and the chord chart - every track sounded like it was a remix of the previous one.

I was disillusioned, I admit, I strayed.
If you have a wanderlust, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you should try Sensiva, or daghoti., or Calika, or maybe even Mystic Sushi.
(full downloadable tracks for each artist if you get the free Last.fm player)

Of course, if this was actually just a smokescreen of quick-churn melodies to distract the money-men whilst they continued working on the tunes they actually want to release, I'll have a new-found respect for conspiracy theories. I'll also be delighted.
posted by NinjaTadpole at 4:03 AM on April 14, 2006


Listening to it again: Zero7

Now I'm not bitterly set in opposition to Zero7: their work has a gentle jazz symmetry, it's pleasant enough, it's lovely music when you really don't care what you're listening to...
but BoC aren't in that space.

And where is the psychedelia? Where is the subtle menace? Where is the intricate mess and the beautiful whole?

Appropriately for the season, this is "national holiday" Boards of Canada; dressed in cardigans, corduroys and family visits; with authentic gentle swaying action.

this is disappointment
posted by NinjaTadpole at 4:28 AM on April 14, 2006


Google Video of the Joe Kittenger jump

Thanks for the video heads up. Two amazing humans right there in that video. And equisite surfing footage.
posted by anthill at 4:54 AM on April 14, 2006


Love the band, loved the video. I thought it was actually a bold move, doing a very straightforward, linear, narrative video rather than the overblown, woozy, lots-of-soft-focus-and-oversaturated-colors pastiche of non-sequiturs I would have doubtless come up with myself.

Big ups to the boys from the Hexagon Sun. When you're down with the Boards, nothin' else matters.
posted by kcds at 5:01 AM on April 14, 2006


lotsa drugs will do that to you, in case you can't surf or get your hands on a really big balloon.
posted by DenOfSizer at 6:16 AM on April 14, 2006


Everything you do is a balloon, DenOfSizer.
posted by nthdegx at 7:04 AM on April 14, 2006 [1 favorite]


I love the album, and I thought the video was gorgeous.
posted by GriffX at 7:34 AM on April 14, 2006


The video is gorgeous and puts the song and song title in a context that gives me the chills like proper BoC is supposed to. I might go buy the CD now. Marketing strategy = the win!
posted by fleetmouse at 7:51 AM on April 14, 2006


nthdegx wins the thread! EYDIAB is one of my favorites.
posted by joeblough at 8:19 AM on April 14, 2006


Amazing, simply amazing. I really like the design of their releases and this video works well to continue and develop the visual component of their music.
posted by vkxmai at 8:22 AM on April 14, 2006


J. Kittenger is a brave man: that is the stuff of my nightmares. Where did 'dayvan' come from?
posted by uni verse at 9:24 AM on April 14, 2006


Execrable morris-dancing pastoral progsterbation on the music front, as per usual. Fucking grandiose hippies.

Video was okay once with the sound down, though - looked like an extended intro to a lost late-70s Open University science programme.
posted by jack_mo at 9:34 AM on April 14, 2006 [1 favorite]


haters: suck it.

BOC is all about lost late-70s feelings and ideas.

uni verse: strange. i watched the video very late last night and hoped i would dream of it. i cant think of anything better than jumping out of a balloon at 100,000 feet. all the fun of re-entry without the "burning up" part.
posted by joeblough at 10:16 AM on April 14, 2006 [1 favorite]


Hey, that was great, thank you! I particularly like the poetic way she uses the "mistakes" in the space jump video; the shadow circling around the balloon basket was terrific.
posted by Nelson at 10:18 AM on April 14, 2006


beautiful.
posted by plexiwatt at 10:30 AM on April 14, 2006


I must admit, I am a BoC fanatic.

I love The Campfire Headphase, and I can't WAIT for the new EP in June. Supposed to be a return to the mysterious style of Geogaddi.

But, I was a little disappointed with the video, though only with the second half. I guess I expected more, since they have so much experience from their Super8 party days...

meh, this does nothing to my regard for the duo, their music, and their vision. innovators that have yet to show their best work, which would be seemingly impossible given their outstanding repertoire.
posted by blastrid at 10:56 AM on April 14, 2006


Related: if you're a BOC fan, you'll likely appreciate the work of this photographer.
posted by davebush at 11:40 AM on April 14, 2006


I like BOC, but back in my day we loved BÖC.
posted by turbodog at 11:41 AM on April 14, 2006


joeblough: I'm not sure why in my dreams I'm always horrified by the out-of-control gyrations, dizziness caused by the centrifical recoil force of parachute's pull or bunjie cord.
I haven't done either, or fallen. Maybe I heard a story once.
posted by uni verse at 11:45 AM on April 14, 2006


glad to see the bros. sandison getting some (mostly) love on the blue. some of you folks might be interested in the bOc discussion group i maintain: (shameless plug).
posted by retronic at 12:47 PM on April 14, 2006


retronic, your yahoo group photo looks like the cover to Flying Saucer Attack's "Rural Psychedelia". awesome.

in this thread, i learned about Tycho and i have to say that he has made some music that's remarkably similar to BoC. i bought the album and i did like it.
posted by joeblough at 2:02 PM on April 14, 2006


NinjaTadpole writes "The last album really was a crippling disappointment. Their first two were pinnacles of the genre, the third sounded as though they'd locked themselves in a studio but forgot the samples and the chord chart - every track sounded like it was a remix of the previous one.

I've got to say that I feel almost the opposite of that -- I was slightly disappointed by the second album and felt like the third was fantastic. Then again, I think of each of the albums reflecting a stage of life, with Geogaddi being adolescence (and thus it should be a little of a let down) and Campfire being mid 20s to early 30s (and thus feeling a bit more comfortable).
posted by The Bishop of Turkey at 4:05 PM on April 14, 2006


Oh, and as for the video -- cool, but weird. It was kind of like ever other BoC video, only linearized and with some sort of coherence. Kind of odd not to see "Tree. Tree. Smoke. Kaleidoscope. Tree. Bird. Static. Space. Tree."
posted by The Bishop of Turkey at 4:10 PM on April 14, 2006


joeblough writes:

retronic, your yahoo group photo looks like the cover to Flying Saucer Attack's "Rural Psychedelia". awesome.

in this thread, i learned about Tycho and i have to say that he has made some music that's remarkably similar to BoC. i bought the album and i did like it.


thanks, joe! just one of many fabulous sunsets i was lucky enough to photograph from the back window of my old apartment--with human-generated motion blur.

weird coincidence--cdnow.com suggests that "rural psychedelia" goes better with bOc's TCH (check the link above).

as for tycho, i dig that guy's work very much--he's taken a lot of heat from haters, though (who claim he's just biting bOc's style).
posted by retronic at 4:52 PM on April 14, 2006


NinjaTadpole's recommendations above are well worth following up, by the way. Especially Sensiva and Calika.
posted by nthdegx at 5:28 AM on April 15, 2006


BTW, that's Laird's big ride at Teahupoo
only they flipped the film to make it a right, rather than a left.

-> i found a .mov of that
there's a recap of the death-defying stunt halfpage there..
but i don't suppose all the nice shots and views in the video are from a single session?

and.. the more i watch the video the more i feel
it is subtly and wonderfully matched to the song's rythym and parts.

posted by zenzizi at 6:02 AM on April 15, 2006


Especially Sensiva and Calika.
thx! i tagged them both in last.fm and they got streamable whole content! :D
posted by zenzizi at 6:11 AM on April 15, 2006


dude i'm a total idiot i swear to god i searched both links
before just seeing that this was just what you did yourself lol

posted by zenzizi at 6:17 AM on April 15, 2006


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