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In a Beautiful Place in the Country
12" (12" single, 33/45 rpm)
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2013 reissue. 2000 single release from Scottish electronica duo. B.O.C. and Broadcast are probably the only two melodic electronic bands signed to Warp Records. Tracks, 'Kid for Today', 'Amo Bishop Roden', 'In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country' & 'Zoetrope'.
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The instrumentation on the album includes synthesizers; a drum machine and other electronic effects/processing, along with the occasional found sound e.g. laughing children, and a heavily altered vocal snippet on the title track (this music is predominantly instrumental). The synth tone colors that these guys select are very warm and organic sounding - even the drum machine sounds natural and not at all mechanical.
Although this EP is a bit short at 24:00 minutes in total length, it packs a lot of gloomy texture and mood into that short time and as such seems to last a lot longer (sometimes I will simply just hit the repeat button in order to maintain a loop). In fact, I enjoyed this first exposure to Boards of Canada so much that I have been inspired to seek out other works by the band.
As somebody who likes music off of the beaten path, this band has proven to be a fantastic discovery. All in all, In a Place Out in the Country is yet another fine recording by a contemporary band still interested in pushing the envelope and is very highly recommended.
I was extremely interested to see what this little EP had to offer. When I finally listened to it I was pleased. With only four songs on it, ABPOITC is a mesmerizing selection of ambient/instrumental music. The songs are mellow, but also have a trance feel to them, Amo Bishop Roden (one of my favorite songs by BOC) fits this exemplar perfectly. This is a great CD to relax with, drift off to slumber, use as white noise or as motivation for writing a term paper. I've used it for all of the above. Overall, this EP is a wonderful collection of music and a fairly price investment into the domain of Boards of Canada.
In this case, smaller is better: the four tracks on this disk are each wonderful in their own way and work well as a unit. I've never been able to talk about electronic/ambient music in an intelligent way so I won't start here, only go so far as to give this a rave review, particularly the title track.
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Boards of Canada (BoC) is an odd reclusive band that works in strange ways. They produce albums with odd music, they release albums at an irregular rate, and their...Read more
BoC's best track was a B-side, people.