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Trans Canada Highway

Boards of Canada

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Album Review

A mini-concept LP, Trans Canada Highway follows the Scottish brothers (who spent time in Canada) as they trek from St. John's, Newfoundland, to Victoria, B.C., in under a half-hour. Beginning with the only old track, "Dayvan Cowboy" (a highlight of 2005's The Campfire Headphase), Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin sound just a little refreshed at the thought of producing a low-impact EP instead of an eagerly awaited LP. After the slowly shifting single gets out of the way, Sandison and Eoin start looking back to Geogaddi territory, reprising ghostly effects and skeletal melodies with quarter-speed hip-hop beats to create a work that would barely take you 45 miles along the highway but, put on repeat mode, wouldn't even sound tired by Montreal. The sixth track is a remix of "Dayvan Cowboy" by Anticon associate Odd Nosdam, who shows his allegiance with his own mostly beatless soundscapes, which warp and flow with the best of BoC.

Customer Reviews

nice and thick

It looks like Boards of Canada is one of my favourite groups, and if they keep coming out with recordings, will be one of my favourite groups for a while to come. "Left Side Drive", and "Skyliner" are two very good songs, and reinforce the impressions which I have obtained from listening to "Music has the right to children". I like calming kinds of music, which are experimental in nature. I am happy that Boards of Canada doesn't try to make the music for a specific group of people in mind, it just makes the music.

Extravaganza of sound

Boards of Canada never fail to deliver complex, interesting and engaging music. Their unique sound can be instantly recognized and upon listening to this album, they did not fail to deliver. Atmospheric and ambient sounds play tricks with your ears, all the while keeping things interesting. Another great addition to their created works.

Best Album

This is probably one of my favourites from these guys. Boards of Canada's music never fails to take me to that alternate universe. "Skyliner", "Dayvan Cowboy" and "Left Side Drive" are great chilling songs, but beyond the simple melody is a deeper, more profound meaning.

Biography

Formed: 1996 in Scotland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Boards of Canada are the duo of Michael Sandison (born June 1, 1970) and Marcus Eoin (born July 21, 1971). Based on the northern coast of Scotland, the group got its start on acclaimed experimental electronica label Skam in 1996 after recording an obscene number of tracks and pressing the best of them up as a miniscule-run 12", Twoism, an eight-track promo EP the group sent to labels in lieu of a demonstration tape. The pair's first official release appeared on Skam toward the middle of 1996, and...
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