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If 1998’s ‘Music Had The Right The Children’ beguiled in its naivety, with voices of playing children ringing from some half-remembered time, ‘Geogaddi’, released four years later, unearthed a more sinister dread from the palette which had made Boards of Canada’s first album such vital listening. Embedded in the motifs of the album’s 23 tracks seemed a foreboding sense of coming apocalypse which drew strongly from the electronic dystopia of Kraftwerk’s ‘Radioactivity’.

The vocoded refrain of ‘1969 in the sunshine’ on ‘1969’ framed a sense of wide-eyed optimism within a subtly ominous landscape of nauseous synths and hazy hip-hop percussion, while tracks like ‘Energy Warning’ and ‘Beware the Friendly Stranger’ provided moments of severe, troubling forecast which were situated as much within contemporary fears as the Cold War subject matter from which the album took its cue. ‘Music is Math’ remains a highlight of the Boards canon in its perfectly rendered woozy synths, and nagging BBC vocal sample, with percussion that could encourage a dancefloor whilst subtly troubling it, and ‘the Devil is in the Details’ hinted at the deeply layered satanic codes which many committed fans were convinced they had unearthed. ‘Geogaddi’ continues to be an alluring piece of the Boards of the Canada puzzle, which cemented their already unique sound even as it undermined its optimism.

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Digital Track List

  1. 1 Ready Lets Go Boards of Canada 0:59 Buy
  2. 2 Music Is Math Boards of Canada 5:21 Buy
  3. 3 Beware The Friendly Stranger Boards of Canada 0:37 Buy
  4. 4 Gyroscope Boards of Canada 3:34 Buy
  5. 5 Dandelion Boards of Canada 1:15 Buy
  6. 6 Sunshine Recorder Boards of Canada 6:12 Buy
  7. 7 In The Annexe Boards of Canada 1:22 Buy
  8. 8 Julie And Candy Boards of Canada 5:30 Buy
  9. 9 The Smallest Weird Number Boards of Canada 1:17 Buy
  10. 10 1969 Boards of Canada 4:20 Buy
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Boards of Canada

Boards of Canada

Warp

Electronic and Electronica

1990s

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