Bit of background first so you know where i’m at…
Years back i was a vinyl junkie collected house/techno music from 89 to 93 but by 93 i started getting tired of the whole 4x4 dance music scene, its then i starting buying more experimental downtempo music , in 94 i bought DJ Shadows “what does your soul look like” on Mo’ wax records (it was awesome) that got me into collecting Mo’ wax and on Mo’wax records you tended to get a few Drum & Bass remixes which in turn gave me a taste for drum and bass, i spend 94 to 97 mainly collecting instrumental hiphop and Drum and bass.
I got a few Black Dog EP’s in 1990/91 that i played at parties at come down time, them thing got me into the downtempo stuff.
In 1997 i heard “Le Soleil Est Près De Moi” by French band “AIR” that blew my mind (i still have a sealed copy) and i managed to buy all their back catalogue by the time Moon Safari was released a year later i was pretty gutted as it had vocal tracks on it and up till then “AIR” were always an instrumental outfit, but i grew to like those vocal tracks
“Snooze - The Man in the shadow” was also an awesome 1997 release.
and while all this is going on I’ve already got a healthy obsession for “Zero 7” and “Lamb”, Lamb’s 1996 debut album was fucking ground breaking there was nothing outhere like it, Zero 7s rare 1997 EPs were mind blowing too.
Anyway come 1998 and i’m in the record shop doing my usual vinyl junkie thing when i came across “Boards of canada - Music has a right to children” double album and i bought it simply because i liked the cover.
I got home put it on my decks and found it unlistenable, don’t forget this was 1998 this type of music simply wasn’t about back then. The album must of sat in my bedroom for about six months, then one day i tried it again and the track “telephasic workshop” started doing it for me, listened to that track in my car for a few week then before i knew it the penny dropped and i was hooked on the whole album.
Two years later when “in a beautiful place in the country” EP was released i bought 3 copies on vinyl, “Amo Bishop Roden” is quite possibly the greatest electronic track ever made.
Geogaddi didn’t quite do it for me, although there are a couple of tracks i like on it “Music is Math” is fantastic, for me its their poorest offering.
Campfire Herdphase 3 years later i liked far more than Geogaddi, if you wonder what equipment BOC were using in 2005 well i can clearly hear a string patch from Spectrasonics Atmosphere (which later became Omnisphere) in the track Dayvan cowboy i know this as i used the string patches in Atmosphere all the time.
Tomorrow Harvest took me a few listens to draw me in then i was hooked.
I live and breath boards of canada, i think they set the standard from which all others are judged, by far my favourite electronic band of all time, electronic aside my favourite full stop.
My favourite track well there are a lot i love on MHARTC, and of course AMO BISHOP RODEN… and Everything you do is a balloon.
Nothing would make me more happy than to find out they are releasing a new album soon.