Boards of Canada
The Campfire Headphase


5.0
classic

Review

by dvs USER (9 Reviews)
February 14th, 2006 | 362 replies | 28,394 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


2 of 4 thought this review was well written

Boards of Canada, have over the course of their last 3 full length albums and numerous e.p's varied the atmosphere they create greatly, from the darker geogadi to the thick analogue synths of music has the right to children, yet boards of Canada have always managed to retain their own unique sound.

With the campfire headphase B.O.C have managed to introduce a new element to their sound, the major change on this album is addition of guitars and other live instruments all recorded by the duo themselves. The mood of the album has changed to a more upbeat sound from geogadi, which was much darker (The song Beware The Friendly Stranger is used extensively on the bizarre salad finger's online cartoon). The campfire headphase has a warm acoustic sound to it and many of the tracks can bring back memories of summer days spent in fields, and walking through the countryside.

The addition of live instruments and guitars for me is one of the greatest changes on this album, the guitars are all heavily filtered and the sounds they get from them are beautiful. The guitars are usually repeated chords or riffs but they work with the songs really well and the single chords complement the swirling synth sounds very well. On the track Dayvan Cowboy a long intro of some simple nicely distorted guitars make's way for some delayed chords and about half way through the song drums come in and some lovely synths, although the song like many songs and the album has many elements to it the sound is never cluttered and nothing needless is present.

The second track on the album Chromakey Dreamcoat, demonstrates how well boc have used guitars to introduce a lovely drum beat and they managed to include some sample's of what to me sounds like seagulls, it's hard to describe but all these sounds fit together perfectly. Boc frequently use samples for elements of their songs but often they modify them to the extent where they arent really samples and form vital parts of the songs sound. Boc always use very nice drum sounds and this album is no exception with the snares and cymbals all having a unique sound that always manages to fit into the song perfectly.

Although the album is new it has a certain retro vibe to it, to me it would be just as suited to the 60's but at the same time i could just as easily imagine people listening to it in the future on a space colony as i could picture people listening to it at Woodstock.

Although the album works perfectly as a whole and none of the tracks are weak if asked for the strongest tracks davyn cowboy, Chromakey Dreamcoat and '84 Pontiac Dream are all outstanding.

This is my first review i hope it's not too bad and it has persuaded some people to check out this album, it's a great album to listen to and everyone i have played it to has enjoyed it and boc seems to appeal to people with varied musical tastes.

A great album to relax to just sitting in a room, or listen to while watching the sunset in a beautiful place out in the country. (B.O.C also put subliminal messages in their music, which to me is always good)



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Two-Headed Boy
February 14th 2006



4527 Comments


Good review. Never heard of these guys, and they sound interesting.
Again, good review.

Zebra
Moderator
February 14th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Average review. You said a lot about the guitar additions and that was great but you never told us the feel of the album. You also mentioned a few tracks without a proper description which is quite upsetting.
'Music Has the Right to Children' is BOC's finest moment. 'Geogaddi' was decent and this is an excellent album. The last four or five tracks are just genious.

analrightstart
March 2nd 2006



96 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

brilliant chill out album.
tracks two and three are stand outs.


ToMsK
April 14th 2006



10 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

these guys are geniuses at creating layered chilled music, i cant make my mind up between CHP or MHtRtC as to which one is better, i havent had a chance to listen to Geogaddi though

Zebra
Moderator
April 15th 2006



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Geogaddi is BoC's worst album by a long shot. It's still worth checking out, but don't expect something as good as this or MHTRTC.

slack
April 15th 2006



249 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I don't like this album as much as MHTRTC or Geogaddi. There's fewer songs since more of them tend to be around 3-5 minutes long, so it doesn't feel as varied, in my opinion. The guitar loops get old after awhile, and they don't use voice clips as often, which is part of what made MHTRTC and Geogaddi so interesting.

mx
Moderator
April 17th 2006



733 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I wasn't too impressed with this until I heard 'Dayvan Cowboy'. Spectacular

AlienEater
June 6th 2006



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really like Dayvan Cowboy, I saw the video on MTV2. I'll probably get this after 'Music has a right to the children'.

MrKite
November 13th 2006



5020 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I just heard a track from this and it was quite odd. I liked it.

Anglachel
December 21st 2006



152 Comments


I've been falling asleep to this album for the past week :p

As in its nice to listen to when you're tired, not as in its boring.

>_>


AlienEater
May 9th 2007



716 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I just got. It's pretty awesome

Zorg
August 15th 2007



65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The additional track for the Japanese version is one of the best. With that track, it becomes more than just great.

Nadinus
March 21st 2008



21 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I liked this album but it seemed to be missing something that MHTRTC had. I have no idea what, it just doesn't sound as good.

Aaron
May 10th 2009



651 Comments


I think MHTRTC is better, but I seem to listen to this album a lot more.

xNintendoCorex
May 10th 2009



1272 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

just cant get into this band >

Meatplow
May 10th 2009



5524 Comments


Pretty damn good album, this. MHTRTC really blows my mind, however.

Meatplow
May 10th 2009



5524 Comments


Geogaddi is BoC's worst album by a long shot.


oh man, Geogaddi is incredible in it's own right.

Shadow17
March 12th 2010



67 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

So damn nice to listen to. Most consistently fun and loveable album of BoC. Maybe not the best critically, but hey, Dayvan Cowboy? Other songs too... Great!

robin
Emeritus
March 13th 2010



4241 Comments


the amount i go between this and music has the right proves how indesicive a personality i have.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
March 27th 2010



5921 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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