My first experience hearing this album was quite special. I was on the motorway in England on the way to perform my first and last set at the famed Glastonbury festival (can't believe I even got to actually DJ there) I was with the crew from Eye Q records as I was an artist on that label in 1998. Right as we passed an open field I glanced out the window and saw Stonehenge. I was in shock as there it was just sitting in an open field, the most mind blowing thing about this moment is that on the car stereo the song Roygbic was playing. Changed my life forever.
It's now 23 years after I bought this album and it sounds still amazing as then in '98. There was nothing comparable and there is nothing today. BoC invented a totally new sound aesthetic and over the years it became a milestone in music history - not more , not less - a Top10 electronic album of the century.
even a dusty, beat up copy like mine sounds amazing... not to sound like one of those philosophizing old men, but the noise and clicks totally just add authenticity to the beautiful collages on display. it's like looking through a photo album.
All of the THREE (!) copies of this vinyl edition I bought and returned in 2020 were very noisy in the quieter parts, but side B of the second record particularly so. A "gust-of-snow-like" surface noise (sssSSSht.....sssSSSht.....sssSSSht...) can be heard on all the quieter tracks, which is really irritating. The problem must have occured in the process of pressing the record, otherwise it wouldn't be audible on every copy of side B. I'm happy for the people whose copies were "excellent pressings". With three tries, I can't consider myself so lucky. I'll stick to my CD with this one.
The first major release by Boards of Canada. Downtempo trip-hop beats meet atmospheric and organic analog snythesizers. Many of the tracks are 5+ minutes of subtley changing hip-hop rhythms and beautiful synths such as "Telephasic Workshop", "Sixtyten", and "Pete Standing Along". These tracks are broken up by small musical ideas that usually finish in under two minutes, such as "Triangles & Rhombuses", "Kaini Industries", and "Bocuma". "Olson" has to be the best of the shorter tracks, and possibly one of the best BOC tracks ever. 1 minute and 31 seconds of pure,organic instrumentation that just makes you reflect upon life.