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Trans Canada Highway

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  • Vinyl (November 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Limited vinyl LP pressing of this 2006 EP from the Scottish Electronic duo. Following up The Campfire Headphase, an album which made its way onto countless Best of 2005 lists, the enigmatic Boards Of Canada sneak out of the shadows once more with an EP that recalls classics like 'A Beautiful Place In The Country' and 'Hi Scores.' Lovelorn clouds of analog melody, shuffle happy drum programming and deep, restless synth tones color the tunes, particularly headtrippers 'Heard From Telegraph Lines' and 'Under The Coke Sign'.

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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pack up the campfire and hit the highway... 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Decide For Yourself May 30, 2006
By Bengt
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Boards of Canada at their fuzziest - Essential 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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5.0 out of 5 stars LUCA MAINI's REVIEW :: July 11, 2006
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(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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Wanted CD
There was no indication that this was an LP (album). We don't own a record player so wouldn't have ordered it. I'm sure there is nothing wrong with it.
Published 24 days ago by Deborah Caldwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
Had a listen to "Cowboy" and had to own the CD for myself. If you love quiet and relaxing music, you must purchase this CD! Fast and reliable shipper! You won't go wrong. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KandyKorn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Canadians should be proud.
Not only do I love the music, but the disc arrived sooner than expected. It was in excellent shape without even a scratch on the jewel case. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dan Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Amazing EP From Boards of Canada
This is Boards of Canada's most recent release, and it is as good as their other material. Coming off of the heels of The Campfire Headphase, this EP reverts to some of BoC's older... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christian D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Boards Of Canada - Trans Canada Highway
Boards of Canada and "electric guitar" aren't words you normally put together, but on their TRANS CANADA HIGHWAY, that's exactly what you get from the get-go. Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Boards of Canada can do no wrong!
Great EP, some stuff from Campfire Headphase but also some newer stuff. I really hope they continue to release new material, they are easily my most favorite group.
Published on October 20, 2009 by Sean P. Twomey
4.0 out of 5 stars Still whishing...
Nice, BoC style, interesting, neo-hippy, psychedelic, now I would wish they could overgrow their concept of having a beat that has some similarity to drums, esp. Read more
Published on January 3, 2008 by Juhu
5.0 out of 5 stars Extended Play for Extended Drives
Spaced out day trips for real life road trips. Surreality meets quiet scenery on Boards of Canada's EP release. Read more
Published on December 17, 2007 by J. Seibert
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes for a good introduction
This is my first Boards of Canada purchase and it instantly hooked me on these guys! Most of you Boards aficionados would probably point a newbie to their first 2 full-length... Read more
Published on August 27, 2007 by M. Maxwell
4.0 out of 5 stars On the highway
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... Read more
Published on June 25, 2007 by E. A Solinas
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