17 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eight years after The Campfire Headphase, Boards of Canada’s bucolic instincts give way to more ominous moods. Dirge-like electronic beats take the place of crunchy hip-hop breaks, and gravelly drones eclipse their customarily wide-eyed euphoria. The opening track, “Gemini,” and “Reach for the Dead” set the tone with a one-two punch of vintage-synth gurgle and slowly churning counterpoints; both tracks are suffused in inconsolable melancholy. “Nothing Is Real,” though, carries a glimmering echo of their optimistic early tunes—and is all the more bittersweet for it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Eight years after The Campfire Headphase, Boards of Canada’s bucolic instincts give way to more ominous moods. Dirge-like electronic beats take the place of crunchy hip-hop breaks, and gravelly drones eclipse their customarily wide-eyed euphoria. The opening track, “Gemini,” and “Reach for the Dead” set the tone with a one-two punch of vintage-synth gurgle and slowly churning counterpoints; both tracks are suffused in inconsolable melancholy. “Nothing Is Real,” though, carries a glimmering echo of their optimistic early tunes—and is all the more bittersweet for it.

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