Boards of Canada – Geogaddi

With Geogaddi, Boards of Canada continue in the style they defined on their debut album, Music Has the Right to Children. This oblique, psychedelic pop electronica has no immediately catchy tunes or hooks, but if you give it a chance, it will seep into your head, nevertheless.

Boards of Canada is actually a Scottish duo, Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin. The music on Geogaddi is hypnotic, tending toward ambient. The music has an enigmatic quality, as if what you’re hearing is a blurred memory of something you’ve heard before. As a result, the music encourages you to create your own mental picture. 

The titles of the pieces are as obscure and strange as the music. Titles like “gyroscope”, “the smallest weird number”, “the beach at redpoint” and “a is to b as b is to c” seem to be tangential references to both the music and the wide-ranging interests of Sandison and Eoin.

Parts of Geogaddi are reminiscent of Eno’s On Land.  Fans of ambient music and more experimental electronica will find the indirect quirkiness of this album strangely appealing.

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