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Hearing the proper release has been a bit of a revelation. For the most part I knew what to expect. (some of the songs here have been been recycled on subsequent BoC releases) However, there are new levels of detail present in the sound. That being said nothing about Twoism is overly polished. The synthesizers used sound as if they are drawing their last breath. The melodies are distant and suffocated.
Boards of Canada at this point in their career were even more minmalist then they are now. The signature Boc formula was already perfected on these tracks. Vintage synthesizers spitting out chilhood melodies over slow breakbeats. The melodies are happy, but they evoke a fake, drug-induced happiness that enhances the distance and detachment.
Probably the two most interesting tracks on Twoism are "Oirectine" and "Basefree". They sound unlike anything else Boards of Canada ever released. There's a definite industrial influence, interpreted as only the boys could. "Basefree" sounds like it should have been on Autechre's "Tri Repetae", but I think "Basefree" is actually predates that album. "Oirectine" features a severaly damaged, overly sinister, melody. "Twoism" and "Sixtyniner" are the prototype early Boards of Canada tracks.
Twoism is essential for any Boards of Canada fan and any fan of electronic music. Twoism was ostensibly a demo which got them noticed by Skam records. The rest is history.
A case in point would be the opener, Sixtyniner. The twinkling, autumnal synths are great, until this oboe-like sound and plodding beat come in and make it sound almost comically sad. The highlights of the album for me are Oirectine and Melissa Juice. The former is the epitome of minimalist composition; the opening tones alone vibrate at the perfect pitch to make your flesh creep and your hair stand on end. The reverb and distortion make the song sound as if it was recorded in a culvert or train tunnel; towards the end, a backward, loping beat is introduced that gives it a sinister, funky intensity. Totally eerie and unclassifiable. Melissa Juice is a slight composition that captures a nostalgic feeling in the way only BoC can.
Of course BoC completists have to have this EP; in fact, thanks to the miracle of filesharing, most of them already do. As far as I can tell the remastering is great and definitely justifies a purchase if you already know you like the material. And despite the downer mood it induces, there is a sense of vast open space on this album that makes it stand out when compared to, say, the more self-conscious and fanatically detailed Geogaddi. Still, for those new to the music of BoC, I would start with the superior Hi Scores EP, or either full length album, Music... or Geogaddi.
'Sixtyniner', the opening track, is the BOC tune that always comes to mind when I think of them. It has an otherworldy, BOC anthem-like quality that pervades some of the tunes on the longer "Geogaddi" and "Music has the right to children" CDs.
'Oirectine' is a cool, upbeat track that leaves a feeling of unrequited emotion like so many other BOC tracks do.
'Ice Cooly' is even cooler than 'Oirectine'; this is almost jaunty in a distorted, spacey sort of way.
'Basefree' is BOC doing Autechre-style hardcore techno/machine music! Hard driven and yet achingly beautiful with yearning synth themes weaving through the insistent beats. Brilliant!
'Twoism' is another jaunty track littered with distorted spacey synth tunes. Another cool tune.
'Seeya later' is a track that almost seems aloof and indifferent. Beat-driven yet definitely not dancable like another reviewer suggested.
'Melissa juice' is the only track that doesn't really do it for me. It just seems like a filler and doesn't really fit between the two tracks that surround it.
'Smokes Quantity' ends the album with the same otherworldy ambience that 'Sixtyniner' begins it with. This track is also on the "Music has the right to children" CD. I think it has more impact here, especially as the last one and a half minutes of the track - seemingly unrelated to the rest of it - gives a sense of completion to the album.
One really annoying aspect of this album is, like many Warp label releases, there is a lot of audible distortion, e.g the track 'Twoism' (and I don't mean the deliberate BOC-generated fuzziness). Poor production values seem to litter the Warp albums I have bought. Pity when the musical product is usually so special!
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Just a great work of art. Very mellow, you can just listen to it over and over, along with all there other CD!Published 23 months ago by Chris
I didn't realize it was going to be a plain cover with a couple stickers on it.
But it's what i ordered and the vinyl is in good shape.
CD reviews are obviously subjective, but I really enjoyed Twoism. It's very mellow and, in my opinion, holds its own against most of Boards of Canada's other releases. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by Twoism