Trans Canada Highway

May 29, 2006 | Format: MP3

$5.49
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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: May 29, 2006
  • Label: Warp Records
  • Copyright: 2006 Warp Records Limited
  • Total Length: 28:00
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  • ASIN: B001GQE6X4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,642 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

It's actually a pretty good song.
E. A Solinas
Listen to both discs in one sitting and you will know what I mean.
Amazon Grizzly
Warm, fuzzy, mellow, lush analogue synths and plenty of them!
Steward Willons

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Grizzly on June 1, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Boards of Canada have taken a lot of heat (unjustly) for last year's release, the Campfire Headphase. Many fans were very disappointed with unexpected use of analog instruments and minimalist techniques within its songs. I'm sure these are the same fans that hated Geogaddi, only to love the album at a later time. If Campfire sounded like earlier works, then the same pundits would moan that BoC is a one-trick pony with their signature sound. We live in such a disposable society in that if an album, movie or game is not an instant classic, it's garbage. I think BoC deserves more than such a myopic attitude toward their music as of late. The Boards signature sound is not just one album but it is their whole body of work.

I loved Campfire, even though I do admit it's not as complex or enduring as MHTRTC or Geogaddi. I will be honest in that I disliked Dayvan Cowboy; it was the only track I would skip on Campfire. Alas, as with the entire BoC discography, understanding comes with time and repetition. It took me almost 2 years to fall in love with Geogaddi, so growing to love Dayvan was no exception. I used to think this piece was overblown, too epic and too pretentious but when Warp released the Dayvan video, the song began to coagulate in my mind. When BoC decided to put Dayvan as the lead piece on Highway, I knew this was done for a reason, as if the Sandison brothers wanted to slap some sense in me, screaming, "Look! This song makes sense if you are really willing to listen!"

Listen I did. On Highway, Davyan Cowboy is taken out of the vaporous, dreamy context of Headphase and now stands alone as a flagship track. Don't let the intrepid guitar riffs distract you; this track is very complex. You have to work hard to tune out the obvious and let the sublime sink in.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bengt on May 30, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Boards of Canada has turned out 'Trans Canada Highway' as a follow-up to their latest full-length release 'The Campfire Headphase'; the new EP explores a darker place away from the warmth and light of the campfire. Having said that, 'Trans' is really an extension of the TCH concept, even bearing the same abbreviation. Keeping that in mind, your feelings towards this album will probably be in proportion to those towards TCH.

This is an EP so obviously I didn't anticipate a lot of material, but I did expect something more than what is given. Most BoC fans should be familiar with 'Dayvan Cowboy' (taken from TCH) and the single 'Skyliner', which was available through WARP or other sources. Two tracks, 'Heard from Telegraph Lines' and 'Under the Coke Sign' clock in around a mere 1:00 each; and while I would love to say they contribute alot to the atmosphere of the album, they really are nothing more than uneventful filler. That leaves the listener with two full-length tracks, 'Left Side Drive' and the Odd Nosdam remix of 'Dayvan Cowboy'. The former is exactly what I wanted more of from this EP, whereas the latter exemplified how this album strings you along towards a climax that never comes.

Overall, the album is worth it if you're a loyal BoC fan but you're not missing anything otherwise. Independently the tracks are BoC in all of their road-tripping goodness though as a whole the sightseeing wasn't enough to make up for the lack of destination. Subtract the filler and what's already been released and you're left with three decent tracks... and a three-star review.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Steward Willons TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is an amazing EP - one of Boards of Canada's strongest to date. Honestly, I didn't enjoy Dayvan Cowboy that much on Campfire Headphase, but since it has been recontectualized on Trans Canada Highway, I'm a huge fan of the song. The new tracks are more like what one would typically expect from Boards of Canada. Warm, fuzzy, mellow, lush analogue synths and plenty of them! For those who weren't as taken with the newer BOC sound on Campfire Headphase, assuage your fears - this is definitely a return to the traditional sound. That's not to say though that this is a rehash of old material. One can hear bits and pieces of Geogaddi and such, but the overall feel is much closer to Music Has the Right to Children. To all Boards of Canada fans - buy this without hesitation. It doesn't matter what you thought of Campfire - this is quality.

I have one question. The title, Trans Canada Highway, seems to be a fairly obvious reference to Kraftwerk's legendary Trans Europe Express and the album cover seems to point to Kraftwerk's Autobahn album cover, but I don't hear any explicit musical connection. Is Boards of Canada paying a simple titular tribute to Kraftwerk, or is there something else buried within? This calls for repeated listenings!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pietro Da Sacco on July 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
LUCA MAINI's igloomag.com REVIEW ::

(07.11.06) Boards of Canada have come a long way since their early days of home made CDs given only to friends and family. From their Hi-Scores EP on Skam, Warp Records quickly snapped up the Scottish duo. Their pioneering Music Has the Right to Children not only made the band their name, but introduced a lot of non-electronic music fans to synthesized sound. The heady melodies, hazy beats and dreamy soundscapes, created on aging analog machines, won the guys a solid fan base. BoC became the toast of the IDM scene, playing headline at several electronic gigs. After Music Has The Right... the partnership released the sublime A Beautiful Place Out in the Country EP which was followed up the by the expressive Geogaddi LP. The Sandison's recently put out their third LP Campfire Headphase before their latest EP: Trans Canada Highway. One question immediately springs to mind, has the Boards of Canada sound transformed as the size of the musicians fan base has? Has the BoC sound evolved over the years? And is there any reason why the sound should change?

The extroverted Scotsmen, generally stored away in their studio hideaway: the Hexagonal Sun, have stepped out once again to release another electronic piece. But does it stand up to its predecessors? The CD for Trans Canada Highway comes in a loving cardboard sleeve, a visual precursor to the wealth of music contained on the 5" metal disc. The opening track, "Dayvan Cowboy" adheres to much of the classical BoC sound with heady and hazy synths. Yet, the track has a much more organic feel to it than much of the groups other releases with its guitars and strings. The track is not as much a break in the classic Boards sound as it is an experimentation with it.
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