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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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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.
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.
"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.Read more ›
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I downloaded a few of the tracks from Twoism when I first heard of BoC. After purchasing the album, I tried their more recent work on Music Has The Right To Children. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2004 by cheeky
Twoism by Boards of Canada: The sound is there, organic, dreamy, and of course... microtonal. These brothers compose music that is timeless. Read between the lines... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002 by Richard Jameson
This ep illustrates how BoC have been musical masters from the start. This "early stuff" rivals anything out there now. Well worth the wait.Published on Nov. 27 2002 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Not quite as sophisticated as Music Has The Right To Children or the Hi Scores EP, but if you've liked anything by Boards of Canada and want some perspective on the genesis of... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002
I first heard this album about 5 years ago when I was given some mp3s from a friend. I had never heard of BoC and instantly wanted the original vinyl but unfortunately this was... Read morePublished on Nov. 26 2002 by Jordan Koch