Artists of the Week: Boards of Canada
Boards of Canada (1986) are a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin and one of most revered bands of the so called Intelligent Dance Music (IDM) movement, amongst others acts such as Autechre, Aphex Twin, The Orb or Cylob. The degree of obsessive analysis and theorizing of their dedicated fanbase, prompted by the duo’s reclusiveness and enigmatic low profiling, is truly impressive and an endless source of awe to any popular music scholar.
After releasing the Twoism (1995) and Hi Scores (1996) Eps, which introduced Boards of Canada’s exquisitely spooky and textured electronica to the world, they released in 1998 Music Has the Right to Children, a landmark debut that has been widely copied but whose excellence has never been reached by any other copycat. In 2002, the pioneering independent British record label Warp Records released their sophomore record Geogaddi, a much darker and claustrophobic affair than their debut or the In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country cult EP released two years earlier. They somehow returned to the more pastoral feel of their first records with The Campfire Headphase (2005) and the Trans Canada Highway EP (2006).
After an eight year hiatus and an ingenious viral and cryptic marketing campaign, Boards of Canada are finally back with Tomorrow’s Harvest, a more beat-orientated and post-apocalyptic themed record that will definitely trigger vibrant new images and emotions to the converted and a potentially evocative listening experience to newcomers.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.