'Twoism' Out Now

Boards of Canada 

'Twoism' Out Now

15/12/2008
The twenty fifth of November 2002 sees Warp release Boards of Canada’s seminal ‘Twoism’. Remastered and recut, this nine track mini album will be available on CD for the first time, seven years after it’s original, semi-mythical pressing on Boards of Canada’s own label Music70. Their esoteric release, limited to an exclusive hundred copies on vinyl, made it a most sought after contemporary item, copies being known to change hands for 800 pounds on-line.

Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison, the elusive duo that operate as Boards of Canada from their remote studio (Turquoise Hexagon Sun) in Scotland, have sanctioned a re-release to reach their exasperated audience, on condition it was lo-key, in line with their belief –"we’d rather that people find our music by themselves, so that it’s something that feels like it belongs to them".

A subtle precursor to the ground-breaking ‘Music Has the Right to Children’, ‘Twoism’ gently maps BOC’s twilight territory, exploring the themes that would later become unquestionably their own: bittersweet evocations of childhood, haunted pastoral spaces, contriving a detached perspective, or drift, through their grainy organic electronics.

Demonstrating their range of styles, an evolution can be seen, from the formalist tumble of ‘Basefree’, the wistful ‘Melissa Juice’ and the skewed pop of ‘Iced Cooly’, through to ‘Seeya Later’s analogue groove and the brooding ‘Smokes Quantity’ (both of which appeared on subsequent releases.)

Twoism has a simple muted elegance, like watching the past ebb away in the rear view mirror.

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Boards of Canada ‘Twoism’ is available as 12" vinyl (WARPLP70) and on CD (WARPCD70):

1 Sixtyniner
2 Oirectine
3 Iced Cooly
4 Basefree
5 Twoism
6 Seeya Later
7 Melissa Juice
8 Smokes Quantity
9 1986 Summer Fire [this track is unlisted on artwork]