Geogaddi

Geogaddi

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by Boards of Canada
     
 

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The artistic nature of Scotsmen Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison, the pastoral ambient-psychedelicists who are Boards of Canada, is secretive, meticulous, and glowingly warm. They give few interviews, don't play live shows (they're not DJs), and release Whitman-meets-Satie proclamations on the world's beauty in limited vinyl editions. In the process, Boards

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The artistic nature of Scotsmen Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison, the pastoral ambient-psychedelicists who are Boards of Canada, is secretive, meticulous, and glowingly warm. They give few interviews, don't play live shows (they're not DJs), and release Whitman-meets-Satie proclamations on the world's beauty in limited vinyl editions. In the process, Boards have unwittingly cultivated a rabid fan base, who have been breathlessly anticipating a follow-up to their epochal 1998 debut, Music Has the Right to Children. Geogaddi, a crystalline 23-track sprawl, is quite worth the wait, cementing the duo's digi-log electronica aesthetic while moving their sound towards the pan-global techno-pop Xanadu of Björk and Timbaland. Their basic musical elements remain: filtered analog-synth melodies, crackly-wack hip-hop beats, and sampled voices of innocence, sometimes manipulated beyond comprehension. They're also still fond of composed fragments that are more couplets than full-blown stanzas. But when they do get to dreaming in long form -- this time with tablas and artificial gallops for rhythm beds -- the result is akin to a Ripley's natural phenomenon. And there, amid the rhythmic minimalism of the darkly cloudy "Gyroscope," the Arabic wistfulness that accompanies the keyboard trance of "Alpha and Omega," and the gamelan-infected ambient spirits of "The Devil Is in the Details," lies Boards of Canada's idealized terra nova. It is a wonderful place.

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Geogaddi, the most anticipated sophomore full-length from an IDM act since Aphex Twin's SAW 2 in 1994, certainly looks and feels similar to the 1998 Boards of Canada debut, Music Has the Right to Children. The package design includes artful, bleached-out photos of children playing, while the lengthy track listing balances short vignettes with longer tracks. Fans will be delighted to hear that the music also reveals no great departure from one of the most immediately recognizable sounds in electronica; a pair of Scottish cottage producers apparently whiling away the hours creating music, Boards of Canada specialize in evocative, mournful, sample-laden downtempo music often sounding as though produced on malfunctioning equipment excavated from the ruins of an early-'70s computer lab. Geogaddi has a bit less in the way of melodics (the prime factor why Music Has the Right to Children was an immediate classic) and, as a result, sounds slightly less like trip-hop for fairy tales and more like the slightly experimental, but definitely produced, electronic music it is. Still, Boards of Canada surely haven't lost their touch for creating spectral machine music: "1969" is particularly lovely, with starburst synthesizer lines and disembodied vocoders trilling the chorus (the samples apparently originate from a David Koresh follower). For "Sunshine Recorder," a very fitting vocal sample -- lifted from a documentary concerning a species of dandelion found by sub-aquatic robots on the ocean floor (and yes, that is Leslie Nielsen narrating) -- prefaces the melancholy synth, vocal cut-ups, and glacier-speed basslines. It's clear Boards of Canada labored long to create Geogaddi, since only a tremendous amount of work can produce music that flows so naturally and unobtrusively that it never sounds produced.
Rolling Stone - Pat Blashill
"Geogaddi is marvelously vague, as unconcerned with the real world as gangsta rap is obsessed with it."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/19/2002
Label:
Warp Records
UPC:
0801061010126
catalogNumber:
101
Rank:
56992

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Geogaddi 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Geogaddi has a great flow of sound, ranging from hyper Techno to relaxing and soothing Ambient, this has to be one of the greatest Ambient/Techno albums I have ever listened to. YOU MUST LISTEN TO IT!
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