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Sunday, October 23, 2005

Boards of Canada - Campfire Headphase

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BBC :: boards of canada - listening post
Boards of Canada's 1998 debut Music Has the Right to Children cornered an aesthetic of whacked-out fuzzy keys and lolling half-time hip-hop drums. Back then the leftfield scene was bolstered by such plodding experimentation - it was fashionable to embrace it. Now it seems just as fashionable to reject it.
For certain twentysomethings, BOC represented a soothing stroll into nostalgia. Arriving at a time when technology was beginning to encroach on daily life, they offered something simultaneously modern, hip and warmly retro.

Fast forward to 2005 and detractors might point out a lack of musical progression while the world around them has caught up.
Like its predecessors, The Campfire Headphase is rooted in the present, whilst still looking to the past. Warbling guitars are the only new addition here, influenced by BOC's relationship with UK artist Bibio. And whilst their practice of degrading audio to Dictaphone degree appears more extreme this time around, the familiar BOC 'memory wash' remains constant.
This album moves like a daydreamed walk through your old junior school, and while it fails to surprise it doesn't disappoint. Have a listen

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