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  • Audio CD (March 1 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00006NSQ9
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,097 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Sixtyniner
2. Oirectine
3. Iced Cooly
4. Basefree
5. Twoism
6. Seeya Later
7. Melissa Juice
8. Smokes Quantity

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Limited vinyl LP pressing of this 1995 EP from the Scottish Electronic duo. Eight tracks.

Originally issued in 1995, Boards of Canada's Twoism EP makes it clear the Scottish duo of Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin were on to something from the start. As their first recorded work, scarce, vinyl-only copies of Twoism have been lustily sought after by rabid fans since the 1998 release of BoC's amazing, impossibly original Music Has The Right To Children and the quieter, but equally devastating Geogaddi. While not as adventuresome as those records, this EP is still Boards Of Canada all the way, as ample chunks of the band's unsettling and deeply involving style are easily found in songs like "Smokes Quantity" and the title track. Other songs such as the almost danceable "Seeya Later" show a more straightforward ambient/techno side that, while presented more nakedly here, is still quite apparent in their later work. While some might be disappointed after spending God knows what on a copy of Twoism only to find it suddenly available anywhere, others looking for more of BoC's melancholy, spellbinding compositions should take fast advantage. --Matthew Cooke

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Format: Audio CD
What I mean by that is if "Twoism" is actually the first album released by Boards of Canada, then wouldn't that make it their ground-breaking release in the IDM style of music instead of "Music Has the Right to Children"? I mean let's face it, nothing on "Twoism" really sounds any different than the music on "Music Has the Right to Children"--in fact, they almost sound like the same album in some instances. Which is not a bad thing at all, mind you, it just bothers me that "Twoism" is getting/has gotten less favorable reviews than "MHTRTC", which is unfair...but hey, different strokes for different folks. "Twoism" is still a classic in its own right and a brilliant piece of work from the boys of Boards of Canada, and it still sounds ten times better than "Geogaddi"...However, I find it hard to believe that one of the original 100 releases of this CD was bought online for a $1,000!! GOOD LAWD!!! Then, I ain't gonna trip too much about whoever the person was that did that, because I would pay twice that for a CD copy of Prince's infamous "BLACK ALBUM!"
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This is a really bleak album, more than even Geogaddi, which has a backbone of aggression that keeps it from becoming depressing. Not that fans expect upbeat, but usually there's a Nlogax, ROYGBIV, Aquarius, or Dawn Chorus to leaven the mood. Here Iced Cooly plays that role, but the synths are distorted to the point that the effect is more queasy than whimsical. For me a hallmark of the BoC sound is emotional ambivalence - innocence with a menacing undercurrent, psychedelia with a hint of madness - but the cumulative effect of these tracks is just dour.
A case in point would be the opener, Sixtyniner. The twinkling, autumnal synths are great, until this oboe-like sound and plodding beat come in and make it sound almost comically sad. The highlights of the album for me are Oirectine and Melissa Juice. The former is the epitome of minimalist composition; the opening tones alone vibrate at the perfect pitch to make your flesh creep and your hair stand on end. The reverb and distortion make the song sound as if it was recorded in a culvert or train tunnel; towards the end, a backward, loping beat is introduced that gives it a sinister, funky intensity. Totally eerie and unclassifiable. Melissa Juice is a slight composition that captures a nostalgic feeling in the way only BoC can.
Of course BoC completists have to have this EP; in fact, thanks to the miracle of filesharing, most of them already do. As far as I can tell the remastering is great and definitely justifies a purchase if you already know you like the material. And despite the downer mood it induces, there is a sense of vast open space on this album that makes it stand out when compared to, say, the more self-conscious and fanatically detailed Geogaddi. Still, for those new to the music of BoC, I would start with the superior Hi Scores EP, or either full length album, Music... or Geogaddi.
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Board of Canada's discography is a source of consternation for their fans. Several of their releases only quasi-exist- no one has heard them. Twoism for many years has only been around in the form of low quality mp3s. The poor fidelity of the sound only served to augment the listening experience. A seminal, obscure album of broken sounds further degraded by poor reproduction that still took resourcefullness to track down.
Hearing the proper release has been a bit of a revelation. For the most part I knew what to expect. (some of the songs here have been been recycled on subsequent BoC releases) However, there are new levels of detail present in the sound. That being said nothing about Twoism is overly polished. The synthesizers used sound as if they are drawing their last breath. The melodies are distant and suffocated.
Boards of Canada at this point in their career were even more minmalist then they are now. The signature Boc formula was already perfected on these tracks. Vintage synthesizers spitting out chilhood melodies over slow breakbeats. The melodies are happy, but they evoke a fake, drug-induced happiness that enhances the distance and detachment.
Probably the two most interesting tracks on Twoism are "Oirectine" and "Basefree". They sound unlike anything else Boards of Canada ever released. There's a definite industrial influence, interpreted as only the boys could. "Basefree" sounds like it should have been on Autechre's "Tri Repetae", but I think "Basefree" is actually predates that album. "Oirectine" features a severaly damaged, overly sinister, melody. "Twoism" and "Sixtyniner" are the prototype early Boards of Canada tracks.
Twoism is essential for any Boards of Canada fan and any fan of electronic music. Twoism was ostensibly a demo which got them noticed by Skam records. The rest is history.
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Warp Records' announcement of plans to produce Boards of Canada's mythical "Twoism" for commercial release is certainly one of 2002's most exciting surprises. After "Music Has the Right to Children" rocketed them into the upper echelons of the electronic popularity club, Boards got really quiet. We waited years with nothing to satisfy our hunger but a four-track EP (though it was quite lovely) until finally "Geogaddi" came out earlier this year. But while we were waiting for that, many of us turned to the darker corners of music chat rooms and internet music-trading where we discovered the astonishing truth that "Music Has the Right" was nowhere near beginners luck. Not only did Boards record a chunk of stuff for Skam Records well before "Music Has the Right," but there were even a number of excellent independent releases issued in preposterously low numbers. (By the way, as far as I know, Amazon's claim that "Twoism" is Boards' first recording is false.) Those few who managed to get copies of these recordings were more than just a little fortunate. In 2001 I saw an original 1995 copy of "Twoism" on eBay, with bids approaching $2,000. Warp's release of this fine album is the luckiest break for electronic fans since the ol' Warp collected Plaid's side projects on "Trainer."
"Twoism"'s sound is not too far off from that of "Music Has the Right," and that's not a bad thing. More of the bomp-chicka-bomp conventional beats, more of the dreamy, layered shimmering synths, more low-key sampling, more of the simple melodies. Its not a revolutionary sound, but it is a sound that Boards of Canada not only mastered but pretty much introduced. It is a testament to their quality that so ridiculously much music is now casually compared to Boards of Canada. Its *their* sound. They own it.
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