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The Campfire Headphase
Artist
Boards of Canada
ReleaseProduct
The Campfire Headphase
Label
Warp
Catalogue Number
WARP123
Release Date
October 2005
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The Campfire Headphase reconfigured Boards of Canada’s entrancing and idiosyncratic sound in the wake of two critically-lauded albums in a manner which showed a commitment to innovation, rendering the piercing dread of Geogaddi hazy and fuzzy. ‘Dayvan Cowboy’ led the change in focus with the appearance of a flanging guitar line amidst a blissful hip-hop base, which delivered on the duo’s potential for more mainstream appeal without sacrificing the ambiguous allure which they had made their own by the time of the album’s release in 2005.

The record contains many of the strongest ambient tracks of Boards’ illustrious career, with the poignant two-part closer of ‘Tears from the Compound Eye’ and ‘Farewell Fire’ wrenching trademark raw synth bubbles and naïve washes into an astonishingly beautiful concoction. ‘Chromakey Dreamcoat’ marries an innocently jangling guitar lick with cinematic swells of texture recalling the ambient work of label-mate Aphex Twin, while elsewhere on ’84 Pontiac Dream’ the guitar leads blur into shoegazey distortions which fade to grey. The album remains a gem in Boards of Canada’s discography, and a vital entry point for fans of more band-orientated music in approaching the duo’s work.



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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Into The Rainbow Vein Boards of Canada 0:44 Buy
  2. 2 Chromakey Dreamcoat Boards of Canada 5:47 Buy
  3. 3 Satellite Anthem Icarus Boards of Canada 6:04 Buy
  4. 4 Peacock Tail Boards of Canada 5:24 Buy
  5. 5 Dayvan Cowboy Boards of Canada 5:00 Buy
  6. 6 A Moment Of Clarity Boards of Canada 0:51 Buy
  7. 7 84 Pontiac Dream Boards of Canada 3:49 Buy
  8. 8 Sherbet Head Boards of Canada 2:41 Buy
  9. 9 Oscar See Through Red Eye Boards of Canada 5:08 Buy
  10. 10 Ataronchronon Boards of Canada 1:14 Buy
  11. 11 Hey Saturday Sun Boards of Canada 4:56 Buy
  12. 12 Constants Are Changing Boards of Canada 1:42 Buy
  13. 13 Slow This Bird Down Boards of Canada 6:09 Buy
  14. 14 Tears From The Compound Eye Boards of Canada 4:03 Buy
  15. 15 Farewell Fire Boards of Canada 8:26 Buy

Boards of Canada

Boards of Canada

Warp

Electronic and Electronica

2000s

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