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Michael and Marcus Eoin Sandison's 1998 debut hit with the force of an idea fully formed—and beamed from a distant galaxy, at that. The sources of their crackling ambient tracks—the boom-bap beats of '80s hip-hop, the eerie synths of '70s nature documentaries—are familiar, but the overall effect is as strange as an out-of-body experience. Melodies warble like warped tape, and disembodied voices dart through the murk like auditory hallucinations. It's a spellbinding balancing act between childlike wonder and grown-up dread.

Customer Reviews

A Beautiful Album

I can't describe how this album makes me feel. It reminds me of my childhood, of long car rides down grey urban highways at the age of 7, staring at the speeding blur made up of cars and pavement. It reminds me of that beautiful age of wonder, but also evokes the dark sense of mystery and unknown that surround childhood. The song that captures this the most is "Roygbiv". Definitely worth a purchase, it's just a beautiful album.

Electronic music fans, this is your "Dark side of the Moon"

Start with Roygbiv, then once you've gained respect for the album based on that track, listen to the whole thing all the way through. Roygbiv = life changing. I love electronic music a lot, but I hate cheesy break beats and trance beats; that is amateur and typical electronica. This is one of the best albums ever, and its brilliance will be obvous to true music fans. If you like, Ulrich Schnuass, STS9, 1320 Records, Zero 7, and funky nuggets, buy this immediately.

Music to explore to...

After living with my parents my whole life, I spent three months in Japan by myself. While there (When I had free time), I frequently would leave my apartment, get on my bike and ride. I didn't know where I would end up, and hopefully I would be able to find my way back home (Signs made this job easier). While I was exploring the day (and night) away, this CD was always on my iPod, and it was played A LOT. This was the absolute perfect music to explore the world to. Put it on your ipod and go exploring. You won't regret it.


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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