Boards of Canada - The Campfire Headphase - 2005 IDM Downtempo Ambient - Sealed 180 Grm 2LP

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Boards of Canada - Campfire Headphase

Label: Warp Records – WARPLP123R, Music70 – WARPLP123R
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue,

2023 Repress


Country: UK
Reissued in a gatefold cover with 2 printed inner sleeves. Includes download code and sticker.

.This version has both records recut with Matrix Number 98202 on all four sides.

© 2013 Warp Records Limited ℗ 2005 Warp Records Limited
Barcode and Other Identifiers

Barcode: 8 01061 81231 7
Released: 21 Oct 2013
Genre: Electronic
Style: Downtempo, Ambient


A1 Into The Rainbow Vein 0:44
A2 Chromakey Dreamcoat 5:47
A3 Satellite Anthem Icarus 6:08
A4 Peacock Tail 5:24

B1 Dayvan Cowboy 5:00
B2 A Moment Of Clarity 0:51
B3 '84 Pontiac Dream 3:49
B4 Sherbet Head 2:41

C1 Oscar See Through Red Eye 5:08
C2 Ataronchronon 1:14
C3 Hey Saturday Sun 4:56
C4 Constants Are Changing 1:42

D1 Slow This Bird Down 6:09
D2 Tears From The Compound Eye 4:03
D3 Farewell Fire 8:28

They are a Scottish electronic music duo consisting of brothers Mike Sandison (born June 1, 1970) and Marcus Eoin (born July 21, 1971). They are signed with Warp Records and have released several works on that label with little advertising and few interviews, while also having an elusive and obscure back-catalogue

This Scottish duo's third album is their most shoegazer-y and gorgeous. For the first time, acoustic and electric instruments intrude on their landscape, which brings them closer to the work of artists like Four Tet and M83. But there's an intricacy to their beats and a strange, underwater quality to their samples that's strictly BoC. It's weird woozy music that's lovely and alien. "Dayvan Cowboy,"for instance, is a slow-paced bit of moody psychedelia; the drums don't even kick in until two thirds of the way through.

The hypnotic, analog synth-driven "Farewell Fire"sounds like some lost tune by space-kraut pioneers Cluster. This is music you listen to when drugs don't work anymore; it's more reliable and a whole lot cheaper besides. "Oscar See Through Red Eye,"one of the more percussive songs, is perfect for languid late night dancing, but most of the album is sublimely made for the bean bag chairs.

It was inevitable. From the post rock experimentation on the In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country EP to the 'dirtier' tracks on Geogaddi, the signs were there. Then, endorsement of Bibio's folktronica and some very psychedelic remix work for Beck and others occured. We all should have known that this is how The Campfire Headphase would turn out. Heck, what else does one play around the campfire? Certainly not rusting analogue synths. I think Dayvan Cowboy is the best song on the album. The fact that it sounds nothing like Boards of Canada is besides the point. Including that song, the album is My Bloody Valentine/Incredible String Band/Tortoise with electronic textures and soft beats.

Haven't listened to those groups? You should - they're all good, and they've all influenced BOC's sound from the beginning. If it was anyone else but BOC, we'd all be saying it's a sublime, understated masterpiece. The point is this - you experiment, or you repeat. The best musicians make music for themselves, and if they get some fans, so much the better. We didn't really want Music Has The Right To Children (Part 2), and so this progression of an album is what we have. I may not enjoy every track on The Campfire Headphase, but I have to respect BOC's artistic vision - the sound is dense and alluring, and the flow of the whole is nearly seamless. Thank you BOC, for expanding your horizons, and ours.


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Condition New
Format 2LP, 180 Gram
Label Warp Records
Color Black