January 14, 2002 3:18 PM   Subscribe

Boards of Canada have just announced their first LP since their debut Music Has Right to Children (1998). The album is entitled "geogaddi" and the release date is set for Valentines Day.
posted by Satapher (33 comments total)
Hot Damn
posted by fuq at 3:31 PM on January 14, 2002

Music Has The Right... was awesome. I hope I don't get let down, Radiohead-post-OK-Computer-style.
posted by skyboy at 3:35 PM on January 14, 2002

don't believe the hype up and you won't be let down and feel ripped off (drukqs, go plastic).

sometimes it's good to take new records at face value and feel like you scored (drukqs, go plastic).
posted by afx114 at 3:57 PM on January 14, 2002

I don't think we'll be let down. In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country was pretty great, and even if BoC don't innovate, I'm pretty sure I'll enjoy what they have to offer. Let down by post-OK Computer? Ripped off by druqks? Methinks people may expect too much from their artists.
posted by spyke at 4:05 PM on January 14, 2002


I personally can't wait. Warp seems to have most of the future of electronica tightly controlled, although Tigerbeat6 could give them a run for their money (Cex [personal fav], Kid606, Lesser and co.).

I've heard rumors that there exsists a BoC remix of FourTet's "Everythings Alright".....can anyone confirm that?

I think we *should* expect more from our artists, they can only get better : )
posted by sarosh at 4:18 PM on January 14, 2002

i loved Go Plastic. didnt hear any hype but wasnt let down at all.

drukqs is a good record. not the best but good.

somehow i knew there were some BoC fans here on mefi....

i think it was all the spillover from Dreamless =)
posted by Satapher at 4:19 PM on January 14, 2002

Does anyone know the story (if one exists) behind the name "Boards of Canada"?
posted by holycola at 4:43 PM on January 14, 2002

hey! no bashing the spilled Dreamless! : P

we just want to be loved!

The origins of Boards of Canada date from around 1976 when Michael and Marcus were young children. They both learned to play various instruments while moving and relocating between northern Scotland, southern England and Alberta in Canada. Around 1980 on the north-east coast of Scotland the first version of the band was formed, not yet including Marcus Eoin in the line-up. For the next few years Mike and his friends created experimental music using borrowed synths, drums and tape machines.

Around this time the band were starting to create home movies with a Super-8 camera. Educational television documentaries and film soundtracks were becoming a big influence on the group and the crossover between their musical creations and their film creations was becoming more blurred. The documentaries of the National Film Board of Canada were regular viewing for the young collective, and they were later to name their band as a nod to this early influence....

As well as crediting the listener with intelligence, which, as Eoin later points out, so few electronic "dance" producers do, Boards Of Canada also credit us with an imagination. They leave space in their music for us to project our own ideas, images, and thoughts. Their messages are in there, but they are encrypted allusions hinting at what might lie within. It might explain why they are becoming so popular, because in a way each Boards’ track becomes very personal to the individual listener, alluding to different things in different people’s lives. via XLR8R
posted by sarosh at 4:53 PM on January 14, 2002

wow. hooray. this post just made my day
posted by manero at 5:07 PM on January 14, 2002

on another note, about the origins of BoC.. before i read this i thought that MHTRTC had a weird late-70's synth feel to it (kaini industries, bocuma, olson). i only hope that BoC can keep up the great sound and feel.
posted by manero at 5:12 PM on January 14, 2002

Look, the new Boards of Canada album cover is ORANGE!

(Listen to "Aquarius" on MHTRTC for joke reference.)
posted by Down10 at 5:32 PM on January 14, 2002

My favorite Warp releases in 2001 where Chris Clark "Clarence Park" & Prefuse73 "Vocal Studies and Uprock Narratives". I think Prefuse73 aka Delarosa and Asosra aka Savath & Savalas akd Scott Heren is the shit and change.
Lot of good stuff coming from Schematic Records in Miami, like Phoenecia's "Brown Out". Good music's not dead, it's just underground where it's always been.
posted by rhizome23 at 6:01 PM on January 14, 2002

I feel compelled to point out the official site. Despite only having an announcement for geogaddi, it's worth checking out to hear what I imagine is a sample from the new album.
posted by O9scar at 7:04 PM on January 14, 2002

So i dont even get to make the first ORANGE joke?

posted by ejoey at 7:05 PM on January 14, 2002

So, has anyone heard it yet? Mp3s always seem to floating around. As a secondary query, can anyone suggest any filesharing applications for Mac that are rich in obscure music? I end up using Hotline servers that take forever.
posted by nonreflectiveobject at 7:07 PM on January 14, 2002

I've always wondered about the name myself. Thanks for the explanation sarosh.

I'm really looking forward to this album. Hopefully it will live up to expectations...

Thanks for the headsup on some other stuff, rhizome, I'm finding it harder and harder to keep on top of interesting music, with so few reliable sources. Of course, that's what file-sharing's for.
posted by sauril at 7:20 PM on January 14, 2002

IIIIIIIIIIIIII looooooooooooove youuuuuuuuuuuu......
posted by drgonzo at 7:26 PM on January 14, 2002

I've heard LOTS of good things about the clarence park cd also...I guess now I have to check it out.

Ok, I've kept this my little secret for the longest time, but I figure I really should share it, Epitonic rocks my socks! I love it. If you love music and you need to have your mp3 fix, this is the 'it' place. [no, I don't work for them but boy do I wish I did...].

Between Cex, Four Tet [their song mentioned above was used in the nike 'enjoy the weather' commercial], Matmos, and Stereolab you can blast blippy quirky tracks for days on end. And of course the website is very Mac friendly.

My absolute "oh holy $%#@!" find on the site was Harrold Budd - The Room (Fila Brazillia Mix) [Budd has worked with Eno, Cocteau Twins, among others].

If you are looking for some random singles and farily good reviews of music, absorb might hit the spot.

For those of you not familiar with BoC, take a test drive.
posted by sarosh at 8:45 PM on January 14, 2002

"Warp seems to have most of the future of electronica tightly controlled".

such a comment not too absurd coming from someone who used the term "electronica".

you wouldn't think warp has things "tightly controlled" at all, if not totally falling off if you'd heard anything on the city centre offices, morr music or mille plateux labels. particularly "far away trains passing by" by ulrich schnauss. brill. you do redeem yourself however by mentioning tigerbeat6.

also, for those who have posted about scott herren (prefuse73) check out his new record label eastern developments. i really can't wait for that new dabrye to drop, since his LP "one/three" on ghostly is top of pops for sure.
posted by iceblink at 9:08 PM on January 14, 2002

oh man. Epitonic is the greatest.
posted by Satapher at 9:12 PM on January 14, 2002

iceblink, somehow the term 'abstract, experimental' doesn't sit with me well; I heard FSOL (who are also coming 'back' with a new album) called electronica and I've stuck to the naming scheme since. perhaps a revision is in order? i apologize for my comments if they seemed absurd.

i will indeed have to check out both of the labels you've mentioned.

i'd like to clarify my statement; warp has a lot of talented, commercially viable artists under their wings and has the funds to make them into more mainstream hits. but in terms of pure talent, tigerbeat6 (and others such as dropbeat, etc.) are far superior.

reckankreuzungsklankewerkzeuge is nothing short of phenomenal, i'm sure you've heard of them, they will be a shop to watch this year.
posted by sarosh at 9:37 PM on January 14, 2002

warp's not falling off point, they're just no longer the ground breaking "next level shit" label that they were in the nineties. Their artists and sound has matured.
mille plateaux, chocolate industries, roster noton, musik aus strom, quatermass, carpark, hefty, beta bodega coalition,amusik: all excellent stuff.

warp is just the canon by which all new electronic labels are evaluated, and deservedly so.
posted by rhizome23 at 10:22 PM on January 14, 2002

I am so. tremendously. psyched. It has been way too long.

Hey, you all should check out Dntel's Life Is Full Of Possibilities, which is my favorite electronic record of this past year. And right now I'm typing this listening to Two Lone Swordsmen's Stay Down -- it is so beautiful. Amazing.

Electronic music is the best.
posted by josh at 1:31 AM on January 15, 2002

Hey is anyone else going to dedbeat this year? Lots of warp artists in the pulse ranks.
posted by walrus at 1:58 AM on January 15, 2002

sarosh: hah, no need to apologize. i read that back after i posted and it seemed a little harsh to criticize someone for calling it "electronica". i only got a bit of a laugh at it because that's what calls it's electronic music section. heh. i don't even know what the heck to call it nowadays, with words like "glitch", "blip hop", and "scratch" being thrown about wildly it all seems a bit pretentious. i find myself calling it "IDM" most of the time though.

rhizome: point well made. it seems any upstart electronic label (like the wonderful ones you mentioned) will always be compared to warp. well, that is until warp releases another vincent gallo album, then i should say that would pretty much wipe out any of the remaining cred they are clinging to.
posted by iceblink at 7:02 AM on January 15, 2002

Orange ... yeah, that's right.

Four Tet and Mum have been filling my BoC hole lately, so to speak, but I'm eager to fill it with the real thing again.
posted by jga at 7:14 AM on January 15, 2002

nonreflectiveobject: try Sputnix, which is an audiogalaxy client for Mac OS X (might be available for 9, too, though I don't know...)
posted by jmcnally at 7:22 AM on January 15, 2002

posted by Foosnark at 10:25 AM on January 15, 2002

Dntel rocks. I love BoC so much, I'm not going to attempt to d/l anything, just wait for it to come out. 'Everything You Do Is A Balloon' is the best track ever. We love you Boards!!!
posted by boneybaloney at 10:47 AM on January 15, 2002

this has been my favorite mefi post in probably a year.... (not just because i wrote it) lets have at least 1 electronic post every week =)
posted by Satapher at 10:57 AM on January 15, 2002

i'm down with that, satapher. i think everyone who posted to this thread feels the same way as well.
posted by rhizome23 at 1:55 PM on January 15, 2002

iceblink: life is never THAT serious anyway : )
but it will have to be pretty damn long before I call it IDM [or maybe if im lucky, will rename the section, then you'll have the last laugh]

as for the thread: it would be awsome to have SOMETHING going on, but I hesitate to put stuff here. witness this and this. but yeah, this thread kicked ass. what do you think a weekly post would be like?

Dntel does indeed rock

since i can't damned well leave this thread alone, you ever wonder who/what is Fourtet anyway?

still can't find any remix news tho'...
posted by sarosh at 5:53 PM on January 15, 2002

i seriously want to make a good community site for this type of music... something more than just a msg board.... anyone wanna brainstorm with me?
posted by Satapher at 7:36 PM on January 15, 2002

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