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Twoism

Boards Of CanadaVinyl
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (November 19, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00EKHHUVQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,366 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Limited vinyl LP pressing of this 1995 EP from the Scottish Electronic duo. Eight tracks.

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The legacy of Twoism November 30, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Board of Canada's discography is a source of consternation for their fans. Several of their releases only quasi-exist- no one has heard them. Twoism for many years has only been around in the form of low quality mp3s. The poor fidelity of the sound only served to augment the listening experience. A seminal, obscure album of broken sounds further degraded by poor reproduction that still took resourcefullness to track down.
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.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Darkest Boards Release January 5, 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is a really bleak album, more than even Geogaddi, which has a backbone of aggression that keeps it from becoming depressing. Not that fans expect upbeat, but usually there's a Nlogax, ROYGBIV, Aquarius, or Dawn Chorus to leaven the mood. Here Iced Cooly plays that role, but the synths are distorted to the point that the effect is more queasy than whimsical. For me a hallmark of the BoC sound is emotional ambivalence - innocence with a menacing undercurrent, psychedelia with a hint of madness - but the cumulative effect of these tracks is just dour.
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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twoism: Convoluted Cacophonies June 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Twoism is such a great little treat from Boards of Canada. The name of this EP really could be called "Dualism" and/or "Dichotomy". Why you might ask, because this 8 track EP really is both dark/mellow and catchy/foot tapping. The collection of songs on this EP is some of the best BOC has put out. As a general statement, the music of BOC isn't really poppy or light, but the mood on this EP seems much more sullen and dim than any of their other releases. I always found it amazing that BOC sound has both elements of minimalism and convoluted cacophonies. This is a great CD to listen to when you would like to relax, or drive down an autumn road with a tapestry of leaves descending around you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another essential BOC album June 22, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Every BOC album has something to offer and "Twoism" is no exception. Not as consistently engaging as "Geogaddi" (my fave), it is more even than "Music has the right to chidren" in my view.

'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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Just a great work of art. Very mellow, you can just listen to it over and over, along with all there other CD!
Published 1 month ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
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.

Thanks.
Published 3 months ago by Joshua
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and Sweet
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 more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Boards Of Canada - Twoism
Early Boards of Canada mini-album TWOISM sees the light of day, thanks to thunderous reception of their first two albums. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by scoundrel
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Like Boarding For the First Time
Boards of Canada are a duo I've previously reviewed twice, there is something brilliant about them that words can't describe. Read more
Published on July 25, 2009 by Corey Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the better albums I've heard
Boards of Canada is the kind of music you have to simply hear to understand, and with a release as simple and barren as Twoism it's really hard to describe at all as it really... Read more
Published on June 28, 2009 by J. Butler
3.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant precursor
One of those obvious releases requiring purchase only from the already-indoctrinated (provided you were not one of the rare individuals privileged to hear it when it was... Read more
Published on November 24, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars BoaRds of CaNadA
The Best there is. Genius. I recommend all of their albums since each has its own unique vibe. I also say track down A Few Old Tunes vol. Read more
Published on December 9, 2007 by Matthew S. Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars The earliest BoC available
Boards of Canada are all about nostalgia, from the rough analog sounds of their synthesizers to the cover art design, and so it goes without saying that Twoism is a gem unto... Read more
Published on July 9, 2007 by Ryan K. Fry
5.0 out of 5 stars Old-school BoC; another wonderful EP
Along with such EPs as BoC Maxima (which isn't even available on Amazon) and Skam/Hi Scores, Twoism used to be among the BoC rarities. Read more
Published on November 4, 2006 by Impreza22B
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