Boards of Canada - Geogaddi
latest record by Scottish band Boards of Canada (Marcus
Eoin and Michael Sandison) is without question the most
anticipated electronic record to come out in a long time.
The last full-length by the duo, 1998's Music Has the
Right to Children, was one of those records that simply
everybody liked. I don't remember hearing a single negative
thing from anyone about this amazing, if not terribly innovative
The band must realize that they were onto something because
their latest Geogaddi is a strikingly similar record,
almost to the point of fault. In fact, if it weren't so
damn beautiful I would probably criticize the band for not
trying something new.
Similar to Music, the playful sounds of children's
voices (often distorted by waterlogged tape loops and eerie
vocoders) textures many songs on the disk. And as to be
expected, the interior artwork of the record again has images
of children playing. Their trademark blend of synths and
chilled-out hip hop beats abounds, though scratching has
mostly been sacrificed in favor of tape looping. Also, the
beats are much more subdued on Geogaddi and have
less of a hip hop feel to them.
A general sense of foreboding gives way to downright darkness
on this outing. Equally beautiful as it is creepy, "Dawn
Chorus" has the slowed-down sound of a warped record
played over funky beats and contains samples of voices that
could either be cries of bliss or muted groans of terror.
The band has a knack for suggesting the sinister in the
disorienting context of beautiful melodies.
The material found on Geogaddi may not be as strong
as that found on Music (though the track "1969"
is as lovely as anything they have recorded) but it is still
undoubtedly a solid release that will please fans and newcomers
to the band alike.
- Robert Lanham