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Trans Canada Highway [VINYL] Maxi

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  • Vinyl (29 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Maxi
  • Label: Warp
  • ASIN: B000F8DV2Q
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Last year's Campfire Headphase LP was really really great. Something that in all honesty I was not expecting, and with this EP they have done it again. Filled with lush warm and slightly decayed textures, the 6 tracks on display here are really wonderful. Starting off with the simply brilliant Dayvan Cowboy lifted from the latest album, acompanied by its video, this is a five minute chill out masterpiece, nothing underlining, relaxing and summery and fresh. But then it's the new pieces that are the main attraction here, and they dont disappoint at all.

Left Side Drive and Skyliner are both louder more beat driven pices, almost like a slowed down and less jazzy Squarepusher, and both of which are excellent, with the latter feeling a lot more agressive than anything before, yet it still keeps its feet on the ground and its BOC character. Two short and sweet tracks also grace this release, Under The Coke Sign and Heard From Telegraph Lines both push deeper into ambient depths, but both are colourful and vibrant with life, like the clouds passing above or simply being relaxed. These sort of tracks quite often end up being pointless, BOC have worked out that they can make them immersive and right. The final track on this is possibly the most interesting, a remix of Dayvan Cowboy by Odd Nosdam brings something new to the release, even more laid back than anything else on here, and still keeping the spirit of the original, its slow burn heavily delayed atmosphere feels more organic than the original, although my only complaint with it is that it keeps stopping and starting, but maybe thats the point. Maybe..

And I don't really know what more I can write about this, simply put, its great... if you want to get into something Warp based, this is certainly a good place to start, not to long not too much not too intense not too relaxed. Eargasmic as a friend of mine would put it.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Boards of Canada took a lot of flack for their fuzzy, less ethereal "The Campfire Headphase," which basically explores whole new avenues of music, but didn't sound anything like what they had done before.

But one of those songs comes across far better in "Trans Canada Highway," spearheading an EP of the kind of music that Boards of Canada is known for -- rippling electronica, crammed with atmosphere and chilly beauty. It's a nicely solid little EP, covering both sides of the band's musical palette.

It opens with "Dayvan Cowboy," a mass of fuzz with a rambly little guitar melody in the middle, and decorated with some delicate chiming sounds. About halfway through, a gust of wind blows away all the fuzz and chimes, leaving just a the hesitant guitar, clashing cymbals and a trembling violin. But slowly the fuzz and chimes creep back in....

... just in time for the rattly, atmospheric sweeps of "Left Side Drive," which is more typical of Boards of Canada's music. It's mellow, smooth and atmospheric, with some nice beats. From there they explore the dreamlike prettiness of "Heard From Telegraph Lines" and the staticky "Under the Coke Sign," and the angular synth stretches of "Skyliner."

And finally there's he Odd Nosdam remix of "Dayvan Cowboy." Hoo, this one takes a little getting used to -- for awhile you can just hear planes taking off, it softly segues into a chilly ambient sweep... before finally getting into the expansive, swirling main melody. It takes a LONG time to get anywhere, but it's brilliant when it really gets moving.

"Trans Canada Highway" has a little of every Boards of Canada "sound" in it, flickering through their prior "sounds" with new little songs.
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Format: Audio CD
I cRiEd WhEn I heARd thiS! Only kidding.

Trans Canada Highway is a very short EP and you would expect Boards of Canada with such a slow output rate to do better than to use half of the EP to reuse a song and to put in someone else's remix mereley as a sign of mutual respect for the artist. Sadly, by reusing Dayvan Cowboy, they have managed to make me tired of it, which is a shame because it is/was an epic. The remix (of Dayvan Cowboy *sigh*) has been described as dramatic but I believe it falls short and is in fact boring, and out of place on a Boards of Canada cd. This remix by Odd Nosdam is enough to make a load of people go and buy his own cds, but that seems ultimately seems the purpose of this track, which takes up a third of the whole EP. Buying Trans Canada Highway is almost like paying to watch adverts on tv.

Fortunately, the fourteen minutes of material here which is both new AND done by Boards of Canada is just about enough to make this a worthwhile purchase, providing you are not paying much for it. The two longer tracks, 'Left Side Drive' and 'Skyliner' remind me a little of the stuff Geogaddi in that despite the beautiful synths they use, the songs contain some quirky elements and I feel that contrast works well, as it did on their album. The other two trademark one-to-two-minute interludes are also pretty good. 'Heard from Telegraph Lines' is up there with 'Over the Horizon Radar' and err (what shall I choose?)... say 'Moment of Clarity' from previous albums and while 'Under the Coke Sign' is not as great, and maybe a little out of place, it is still pretty nice.
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