Tag Archives: Boards of Canada

blissed out and boisterous

irish act nouveaunoise are back in business with another free ep, this one called panaka. the eponymous track starts off with some almost post-rock drone before shifting into a dreamy, shuffling hip-hop type beat with laden with indecipherable vocals and geogaddi-era boc-type twisting synths. there’s a tiny section that almost sounds like a hip-hop tempo night slugs track. and then it just stops. out of nowhere. nice touch.

psychasonic is a more up-tempo affair, with a jaunty flute line that bleeds into something almost industrial. a post-jam percussive workout swirls downwards, closing it all where it began, dreamy and chilled. think holy fuck meets mojib.

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time to quit yet?

i’m really bad at listening to the music i download. i can grab something online, or find it in my inbox, and not listen to it for hours, days, weeks… there’s stuff on my hard drive i got in 2007 that i’ve never listened to, such is my laziness. thankfully, in this case, i didn’t leave it so long – just the two days. as i’ve mentioned before, i’m a fan of the bandcamp way of doing things. their most recent release is from patrick lee, a musician/dj/husband/father. he’s got a rake of music here on his site, and if this track, quittin’ time, is anything to go by, it’s all worth a look.

the track isn’t a million miles from that go! team/avalanches style, quirky fun 60s-sounding tunes, this one kicked off by a catchy guitar lead, which is soon joined by a joyous blast of trumpet. my favourite thing, that elevates this above anything i’ve heard lately and made it the perfect soundtrack to my walk to work in the sunshine this morning, are its vocally uttered drum fills. have you ever heard the like? i read years ago that all the percussive sounds in boards of canada‘s an eagle in your mind came from chopped-up samples of michael sandison’s girlfriend’s voice. this is completely different – there’s no second guessing, you know this is a dude in the studio going “di-dum-di-dum-di-dum-di-dum di-di-dum”. and it’s all the better for it.

Patrick Lee – Quittin’ Time [

mr. meeble

mr. meeble is a parisian trio that was formed when devin fleenor, blain litzke and michael plaster met at the french space agency, cnes. the act’s name came from an accidental sound created from styrofoam. their sound is reminiscent of earlier acts – put simply, they sound like what would happen if the lads from boards of canada and the album leaf‘s jimmy lavalle hooked up and made sweet music. but to lump them into such hypothetical classifications is to do them a disservice. their sound is quite unique, conjuring up a melancholic world of dreams and longing, while undermining any inherent sweetness by making use of a host of furious basslines and heavy distortion. again, given the “d” word is now so heavily associated with a particular musical sphere, this is not to be confused with the world of justice and their many successors and imitators.

in short, this is definitely headphone music.

they’ve just released a free track, the appropriately named gift. this follows their 2008 album never trust the chinese, a gorgeous album deceptively dressed in a nightmarish, blood-splattered cover. gift is a track about the pain of love and the difficulty of change, defined by shifts in time signature, the slow build-and-destroy from epic, single-line guitar themes to miniscule glitches and bleeps. it may or may not be on mr. meeble’s second album.

Mr. Meeble – Gift (direct link)

Mr. Meeble on YouTube / Twitter / Facebook

friday gear

fun stuff! things about which to be happy! i never buy any of these tees, but they’re damn cool. and it’s nice to know people out there are making cool tees that don’t just look like everything else – sure, you can buy a marvel tee in pull and bear, or bershka, or even dunnes, but check this out…

and while you’re at it, have a look at this better version of all those scratch/twist/boogie retro type tees you see everywhere.

and while we’re on a lab buzz, go get the morvern callar soundtrack. i read an amazon review (or was it robbed from allmusic?) which pointed out her dude’s lack of sanity which was clear from how he put everything you do is a balloon at the start of a mixtape… what bugged me in the film was how you hear a teeny bit of the intro, and then she stops it! clearly morvern is nuts too…

get: nautica. get:comfy

i’ll keep this snappy. tomorrow i’m going to see panda bear. this is kind of a big deal. for some reason i never really got animal collective (cue “omg a blogger doesn’t like animal collective” response) until i heard mpp, and that was largely due to 2007’s person pitch. i went to an ac gig in november 2007 with a long-time ac-olyte, in fact the very guy who first brought them to my attention. i had been listening to person pitch at that stage for about six months, along with the boards of canada discography and just another diamond day it was the soundtrack to the writing of my dissertation. that night, for several reasons (something to do with a drive across wales in a bus with no windscreen) some of the group’s members were quite sick and couldn’t perform, so half of the gig was a panda bear show. some were frustrated by this, but i was mesmerised. having been at a teen-populated bloc party gig the night before, the quiet admiration and confusion in the crowd was palpable.

i can only hope that tomorrow night’s gig is as interesting. i think it will be.

polymath

invernesscastle

it’s rare that i’m seriously impressed by something i find online. even more so when it’s a random dude from inverness, scotland. not that it really matters – boards of canada are scottish right? so i didn’t know what to expect when i decided to listen to some tracks by the recently re-named polymath. wow. it’s all a bit “noisy electro” but completely in a good way. the best example of this is mooncrush, with its grinding bassline, chunky synths and atonal yet tonal melodies. he has some tracks on his myspace, but even more on his soundcloud. check them both out and show some love.

you and i…

wilcoep08

ok this is big news. just came across wilco‘s collaboration with feist on their forthcoming wilco (the album). it’s called you and i, and, in fitting with much of the rest of the album, it’s an upbeat jaunt that looks at the gaps in relationships that just don’t need to be filled. to be honest they’re not really venturing into unchartered water musically speaking, but there’s some lovely reversed guitar soloing at the end. hey maybe their next collab will be with boards of canada? i live in hope…

Wilco (ft Feist) – You And I

you and i
we might be strangers
however close we get sometimes
it’s like we never met

but you and i
i think we can take it
all the good with the bad
make something that no one else has

but you and i
you and i
me and you
what can we do

when the words we use
sometimes are misconstrued
well i won’t guess what’s coming next
i can never tell you
the deepest well
i’ve ever fallen into

oh i don’t wanna know
oh i don’t wanna know
oh i don’t need to know
everything about you

oh i don’t wanna know
and you don’t need to know
that much about me

you and i
we might be strangers
however close we get sometimes
it’s like we never met

but you and i
i think we can take it
all the good with the bad
make something that no one else has

but you and i
you and i
you and i
you and i
you and i
you and i
you and i
you and i
you and i…