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The Campfire Headphase
Artist
Boards of Canada
Release
The Campfire Headphase
Label
Warp
Cat. No.
WARPCDD123
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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  1. 1 Into The Rainbow Vein 0:44 Boards of Canada Buy …
  2. 2 Chromakey Dreamcoat 5:47 Boards of Canada Buy …
  3. 3 Satellite Anthem Icarus 6:04 Boards of Canada Buy …
  4. 4 Peacock Tail 5:24 Boards of Canada Buy …
  5. 5 Dayvan Cowboy 5:00 Boards of Canada Buy …
  6. 6 A Moment Of Clarity 0:51 Boards of Canada Buy …
  7. 7 84 Pontiac Dream 3:49 Boards of Canada Buy …
  8. 8 Sherbet Head 2:41 Boards of Canada Buy …
  9. 9 Oscar See Through Red Eye 5:08 Boards of Canada Buy …
  10. 10 Ataronchronon 1:14 Boards of Canada Buy …
  11. 11 Hey Saturday Sun 4:56 Boards of Canada Buy …
  12. 12 Constants Are Changing 1:42 Boards of Canada Buy …
  13. 13 Slow This Bird Down 6:09 Boards of Canada Buy …
  14. 14 Tears From The Compound Eye 4:03 Boards of Canada Buy …
  15. 15 Farewell Fire 8:26 Boards of Canada Buy …

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