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Campfire Headphase [Import]

Boards of Canada Audio CD
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Campfire Headcase is Boards Of Canada first release since 2002's Geogaddi! The album is very much classic Boards, building on themes and sounds that can can be heard in their intervening remix work for Beck, Clouddead and Boom Bip. Warp. 2005.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Torval Mork TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Boards of Canada don't take their music too lightly. In their rare interviews the duo wax philosophic on the manipulative possibilities of music and their interest in subliminal messages. Repeated listening to the tracks on this or any of their other albums makes you question a lot of what makes music "music", or even further, existence altogether. I don't want to veer too far off topic here, but the band has a lot of introspective weight behind their recordings, which definitely lures you into researching some of their meanderings. Some tracks when slowed down and played backwards reveal hidden spoken word passages... pretty interesting stuff that serves as a simple texturing element during conventional playback. They also reference numerologic and mathematical inspirations, in particular abundant numbers, which serve as their reasoning behind the name of their label Music70.

Campfire Headphase as a musical offering has some great beats and breakdowns, and the BOC use of analog devices really provides for a richly padded, intensley textured instrumental soundscape. "Dayvan Cowboy" is my favorite piece on this album, and I say "piece" not "song" in the same way I would refer to a "piece" of visual art. Their songs are really instances of artistic musical exploration, creating from a pallette of found sounds and unconventional sampling. I'm not prone to recommend this band to many people, fans of post-rock and experimental music are probably prepared for BOC and should take pleasure in their unique sonic adventures.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shh! Boards of Canada are sleeping! Oct. 25 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a very laid back and mellow BOC album. Almost too mellow. Gone are the startling voices and jarring samples of previous albums, replaced with soft guitars and almost gentle drums. Definitely a BOC album to help you drift to sleep. I'm not trashing it, I was just hoping for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing April 22 2010
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This album is for sure different from other Boards of Canada albums, but I prefer it to every other album by them. The soft guitars and simple rhythms and beats make it easier to listen to for a while, and it delivers the best song to listen to in order to relax, which is Satellite Anthem Icarus.
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68 of 79 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The new and improved BOC, now with guitars! (shudder) Oct. 18 2005
By Christopher Betche - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It was inevitable. From the post rock experimentation on the In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country EP to the 'dirtier' tracks on Geogaddi, the signs were there. Then, endorsement of Bibio's folktronica and some very psychedelic remix work for Beck and others occured. We all should have known that this is how The Campfire Headphase would turn out. Heck, what else does one play around the campfire? Certainly not rusting analogue synths. I think Dayvan Cowboy is the best song on the album. The fact that it sounds nothing like Boards of Canada is besides the point. Including that song, the album is My Bloody Valentine/Incredible String Band/Tortoise with electronic textures and soft beats. Haven't listened to those groups? You should - they're all good, and they've all influenced BOC's sound from the beginning. If it was anyone else but BOC, we'd all be saying it's a sublime, understated masterpiece. The point is this - you experiment, or you repeat. The best musicians make music for themselves, and if they get some fans, so much the better. We didn't really want Music Has The Right To Children (Part 2), and so this progression of an album is what we have. I may not enjoy every track on The Campfire Headphase, but I have to respect BOC's artistic vision - the sound is dense and alluring, and the flow of the whole is nearly seamless. Thank you BOC, for expanding your horizons, and ours.
36 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their Least Best But a Good Album, Nonetheless Oct. 18 2005
By A. Johnston - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"The Campfire Headphase" is an exceptional release but it is far from a 5/5 album. Really, folks...we're all excited after such a long wait but do keep in mind the conotation of a perfect score. On a scale of 1-10, I'd give it a 7.

A few notes:

The introduction of guitar is, despite some opinions, a nice way for BoC to avoid parodying themselves. BoC simpy could not have made another wholly synth/sample album and gone much further out. While creativity has no bounds, being rooted in such a signature sound as that of the mighty Boards does create some very narrowing criteria this faar down their road. While I wouldn't go as far as to compare this album to Bob Dylan going electric, the acoustic/organic feel of TCHp will be the hardest element for some to adjust to.

There are a handful of new "classics" here but few with quite the same level of crushing timelessness as previous albums. As a "single, unified listening experience," TCHp holds up well. It is consistent, warm and nice. Put it on and let it loop while you paint, draw or just stare out the window. Still, songs do tend to meander longer than in the past. While BoC has always proved kings of the solidly built yet simple and enthralling electronic song, many of the tracks here seem to get lost in their own loose discipline. While it's just as easy to blissfully zone out to, there is much less here to snap you from your frosty coma and recognize when a particularly good bass bomb or synth chime has struck just that much deeper.

Should you buy it? Sure, so long as it's not your first BoC purchase. After about ten listens, I am of the opinion that it's certainly a fine work but it is not a towering work such as their previous two.

Some argue that they simply 'went mellow' on this one but that doesn't really fish. What really differentiates this album from the other two is not a gain of Zen but a certain loss of darkness. Albeit a fine, nostalgic joyride, it can be argued that, with "The Campfire Headphase," BoC have cranked their backward time machine past the awkward unease of the 70s and into a blissed-out 60s hippie commune. You still get the faded Polaroid flashback, just not as much of that dear, sad bittersweetness.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It sounds like the smell of the taste of orange juice on a cold sunny morning Dec 23 2005
By sunchemical - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What many reviewers seem to miss with this album, and almost anything by BoC, is that the music was written by, and most likely for, synaesthesists; i.e. those of us that taste shapes, feel sounds, and/or smell colors.

I am not certain if BoC are synaesthetic or not (although their song titles lead me to believe this), but they are the only musicians that I have discovered with the uncanny knack to capture colors and shapes within their music so effortlessly and to express it in a such a confined space. This album consists of subtle hues of greens and blues, with yellow highlights, that permeate through sunlit windows, with golden, soft velvet curtains, illuminating the lazy particles of dust hanging in a cold haze.

The Campfire Headphase is defintely a step up from Geogaddi (not that Geogaddi is a bad album but it was not as enveloping as their previous EPs and album) and feels more like the natural progression from Music Has a Right To the Childen. This is one of those albums that I would only recommend to a few people - not because it is bad, but because I know that the majority of listeners would never understand and never truly appreciate the experience that is brought to the mind when listening to it.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars now for something a little different... June 2 2006
By R. Lister - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All Hail mighty BoC! Oh. Hang on. This sounds different. Boo! Boo! Down with BoC!

-pretty much the response this album got on release. The cutting phrase 'Least great album' was bandied about. Gotta admit, I felt that way too. Gone was the lofty shimmer of Geogaddi and MHTRTC.

Anyway, I'm glad I waited six months before writing this review, because 'Campfire Headphase' has grown on me in an gradual, organic way, like a tasty mushroom. As a really good album should. The thing I initially liked least, I now like best: the contrast. MHTRTC was crystalline music - icy and measured. Geogaddi followed that with a kind of spooky-movie feel - very dense, very unsettling, sort of David Lynch-y. So far, so "cool"

Now think about words like 'warm', 'organic', 'rich'. Not so traditionally "cool" in concept, huh? Ditto 'guitar' in the IDM world, right? Obviously, still with lots of crackly synths and woozy warbles. The change takes some getting used to, but now I'm loving this album, end to end. Ok, then, enough banter: to specifics

Dayvan Caravan is magnificent, possibly my favorite BoC track ever. An enormously long build up unfolds to a surging orchestral/murky choir theme with a trademark 'just so' melody bleeped on top of that. How in the world do BoC take 5 bare notes of melody and make them into an emotional epic?

Tracks like Satellite Theme Icarus & Ataronchronon are actually more representative of the mood, though - with the sound of gentle waves in the mix and a calming reflective feel. Think of people on a beach, sipping banana daquiri's as the sun sets. Robot people.

It's also an album of phases: there's an georgeous wind-down in the last three tracks, each more sparse and languid than the last, until the gentle hushed chords of Firewell Fire either send me to sleep, make me hit play again or force me to finally get on with some work, depending on my environment. But while the album's playing, I'm living in BoC's (for once) warm & welcoming world.

anyway, if this direction sounds scary to you - watch out. The duo (brothers, as it turns out) have threatened an entirely acoustic album in the future. I'll be the one person looking forward to that, then.
16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I love about BOC Oct. 20 2005
By W. French - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Dreamy psychedelic atmospherics drenched in a syrup of hazy sonic degradation backed with ever engaging beats and melancholy chords and melodies. I appreciate the evolution of this band, as well as their relentless drive to remain true to their artistic vision rather than pander to the whims of a fickle audience. Guitars are more prevalent, but as other reviewers have noted, BOC have always employed many traditional instruments in their music. Why this should be perceived as a negative by some is a mystery to me. I've got every BOC release I could get my hands on, and this one is no less or more than any of the others. It stands on its own, yet fits in nicely with the whole. It gives me goosebumps, and speaks to the part of me that can hear trees talk, or merge into a bedspread amongst a tingling array of electric hexagonal mandalas, finally peeling the ventral half around the spherical surface of an incomprehensible void, followed by fits of uncontrollable laughter.
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