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The Campfire Headphase [CD]

Boards Of Canada Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000AP2ZQC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Campfire Headphase has already achieved critical acclaim to rival its predecessors. What defines this album from previous work is Boards’ desire to simply make a melodic, beautiful record. Playing out like a road movie, The Campfire Headphase is a dense and intricate collection of music, immersing the listener in kaleidoscopic swathes of spacious live instrumentation and trademark isolated chords of sound. Here, Boards have experimented with unfiltered analogue tones from a diverse range of instruments, all of which they played themselves.

BBC Review

Boards Of Canada: the name is mysterious and just a touch forbidding. The group's track titles similarly combine an eye for poetic resonance, nostalgia and the peculiar. Until now the group have remained mute and allowed their music and texts to speak for them, while an ever-inquisitive public have projected their own images upon their shadowy outlines. The lengthy periods of silence that have accreted between their infrequent releases have only served to amplify the fascination.

Music Has The Right To Children (1998) and the EP, In A Beautiful Place In The Countryside (2000), forged their reputation for a haunted nostalgia that at times touched the sublime. Once led into their labyrinth by the dreamy voices of cult members and the laughter of distant children, it's difficult not to find oneself lost in reveries about long-lost polaroids edged with the encroaching darkness of times evermore distant. Boards Of Canada's best work teases the listener with things that lie just beyond reach. The Campfire Headphase returns to the seductive beauty of those works. It also successfully recaptures the fluid coherence fundamental to the success of their hypnotic appeal, something that its predecessor, Geogaddi ultimately failed to do.

Given the foregoing, it seems strange that Mark and Mike Sandison have now embarked upon a concerted campaign of demystification. Lengthy interviews published in The Wire magazine and on the Pitchfork website express their frustration at the public's mythmaking and talk keenly of the ageing techniques that they apply painstakingly to their music. It's difficult to see how such disclosure enhances their art and it's a tribute to the strength of The Campfire Headphase that it survives this puzzlingly banal urge.

As with its predecessors, The Campfire Headphase initially sounds almost too easy on the ear. The music itself offers little more than a tweaking of the duo's template to date. The only real change is the presence of guitars and the reduced prominence of vocal samples (where they do occur they're much more blurred and distant than before). This latter may be a reaction to the relentless puzzle-solving provoked by Geogaddi's multiple references.

Only time will tell whether Boards Of Canada can continue to produce this kind of music without surrendering to the rule of diminishing returns. Despite this concern, the duo remain extremely adept at creating lacunae at the heart of their music, spaces into which you can project your own feelings and memories. As you do so, you'll slip into a gentle whirlpool of slowly emerging sonic details. The effect is seductive and remarkably subtle. A perfect accompaniment to summer evenings as dusk falls, The Campfire Headphase provides a key to the lost art of daydreaming. --Colin Buttimer

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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My boyfriend's Volvo ate my Campfire Headphase 27 Mar 2007
By International Cowgirl VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
I lent this CD to my boyfriend and now his car stereo refuses to give it back. So there you have it - even Swedish cars like Boards of Canada.

If you own their previous albums you'll want to get this one too; and if you don't, Campfire Headphase is just as good a place to start as any other. I was renting a CD from the library the other day, and when I told the muso behind the counter that I actually thought Campfire Headphase was better than Music has the Right to Children he acted like I'd just confessed to secret fantasies about having sex with glove puppets or something. I'm not a BoC fanatic, just a fan. Music has the Right is great too, but Campfire Headphase just happens to do it for me on a personal level. It's sweeter and more melodic - music to wake up to, fall asleep to, make love to, even break up to... pretty much everything, in fact, except dance to.

I get to listen to it now and again on car journeys, when my boyfriend's forgotten his iPod, and it's like remembering a really cool dream you had once, where everything was Technicolor or you finally got to snog the boy you fancied, or suddenly realised you could fly... It's not like reality: it's better than that. A few people have mentioned stand-out tracks, and I too like Peacock Tail... and Dayvan Cowboy, Sherbet Head, Tears from the Compound Eye... Oh God, I love them all, really! The only one that doesn't do it for me is Oscar See Through Red Eye, and of course some of the song titles are a bit loony but that's not necessarily a criticism. They make the best covers too; the artwork is outstanding, and predisposes you to like the music before you've even heard it. I'm not really sure what a 'campfire headphase' is... but it kind of describes the buzz I get every time I hear this amazing album. They ought to make it compulsory listening - the world would be a nicer place.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful piece of work 5 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Boards of Canada are one of those very rare acts that come along once in a while with a sound so polarised, so outside everything else, that they've practically invented a new genre of their own. Think of the influence that the likes of Beefheart, My Bloody Valentine, Brian Eno, The Velvet Underground or Aphex Twin have had on their respective genres, and you start to get an idea of the impact this Scottish duo have had on the electronica scene over the past ten years.

'The Campfire Headphase' surprised fans with the sudden and unexpected use of guitar sounds on this, their third 'proper' album. BOC are well-known for their unmistakable analogue drones and science-programme jingles, which are present here in the gorgeously wonky tracks like '84 Pontiac Dream' and 'Oscar See Through Red Eye', but now the sounds are augmented by squelchy percussion and what sounds like a broken electric guitar with half of its strings missing. In fact the stand-out tracks for this reviewer are two of the most heavily guitar-oriented; The wonderfully lysergic 'Satellite Anthem Icarus' and the epic sci-fi western (as the band put it) 'Dayvan Cowboy', with its shuddering tremolo guitar and thunderous cymbal crashing climax.

The result is a strange new angle on the 'BOC' sound, part introspective synth ambience, and part seventies library music band in a jam session. In fact, the retro element is a key to the focus of this album's intent. Occasionally a poorly-informed reviewer, usually new to Boards of Canada, attempts to criticise their music with remarks about their 'cheesy 70s synth sounds', when in fact this is an unwitting compliment to BOC. As if the band's name, (which derives from the 1970s TV documentaries of the National Film Board of Canada), isn't a big enough clue.

The Campfire Headphase is a beautiful, strange and psychedelic reminder of the emotional potential of instrumental electronica. Recommended.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Board's best yet? 20 Oct 2005
By db73
Format:Audio CD
I've been a huge fan of Boards of Canada since first hearing Music has the right to children back in 1998 & I've enjoyed everything the Board's have put out since then. There has been a lot of Comparisons drawn up between BoC releases as each one has appeared. The classic comparison is usually between MHTRTC & the follow up album, Geogaddi where the prevailing view seems to be that it's not up to the standard of the first album. Personally I thought Geogaddi was every bit as good as MHTRTC but it did do things a little differently. It had all the typical BoC melodies, Distorted but warm sounds, beats, obscure & hugely intriguing vocal snippets, etc. It was different but it was still BoC through & through.
I feel much the same about Campfire Headphase. Again things are a little different but it's still unmistakably Boards of Canada. This time round BoC seem to have dropped the deliberately mysterious moments & 'Easter eggs' of Geogaddi (which caused much debate) and just let the music do the talking! In this respect it's probably closer to MHTRTC than Geogaddi. BoC have also used a fair amount of guitar on this album. Both acoustic & electric but in both cases these sounds seem to have been subject to much tinkering & manipulation - you'd expect no less from the Boards. It's their ability to shape the sounds they use & inject their own unique quality that has given them their sound & reputation.
Unfortunately it's this reputation that blights BoC somewhat now as people expect a lot of them. I guess this happens with all bands/artists that put out landmark albums - every subsequent release is expected to be equally as groundbreaking.
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i recommend this to people with ears and also plants and even deaf people too we can all enjoy it
Published 4 months ago by Joel Nicholas
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre name for a Scottish group
Boards Of Canada from Edinburgh??? Go figure!!!
This album has genuinely left me speechless. It's beautiful, in every definition of the word beautiful, it is that. Read more
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I am a latecomer to BOC's unique and inspiring sound having bought their newest album Tomorrow's Harvest sight unseen and pretty much instantly falling in love with it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars BoC fans - please advise
Despite their longevity, I'm a new fan of BoC. This album is simply stunning but I'm confused by comments that its style differs massively from the normal BoC output. Read more
Published 12 months ago by The Bodacious Cowboy
5.0 out of 5 stars campfire
yet a other great album from b o c lots of great sounds going on.
quiet easy listening and a great album to wind down to.
Published on 29 Sep 2009 by M. J. Newheiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Jaw dropping.
This in my view is Boards Of Canada's best work to date. If you are just getting into them this is the best place to start. Wall to wall classics from start to finish. Read more
Published on 22 July 2009 by A. Gould
4.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile exploration
As someone brand new to Boards of Canada I graduated to this from 'Music Has The Right To Children', having purchased both at the same time, so intially was almost intimidated by... Read more
Published on 5 Sep 2008 by Haz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
These geniai are of very few artists who leave me begging for more and eagerly anticipating new material. Read more
Published on 21 May 2008 by B. Barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Browsing through Genre Review
This is Nostalgia on a CD, sit back relax and enjoy. I bought this randomly a while ago whilst browsing and havn't said one thing bad about it yet.
Published on 17 Aug 2007 by Mr. M. W. Legge
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Their Best
This album is good but not that great. Boards of Canada are commonly viewed of as an experimental band, but this record sounds as though they 'refined' their sound. Read more
Published on 16 July 2007 by Mr. S. M. Davies
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