Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Artist of the Day: Boards of Canada

As I discussed in a bit I wrote on ambient artist Foxes In Fiction two weeks ago, I went on a week long trip with my New Jersey school's choir to Arizona. Foxes In Fiction was one of the many artists that I anticipated would be part of my soundtrack to different events over my first flight and visit to a state outside the tri-state area. I did listen to Foxes In Fiction a great deal (as well as plenty of Sigur Ros), but the artist I turned to the most to score the beautiful scenery around me was Boards of Canada.

The Scottish electronic duo's beautiful take on IDM turned out to be the most suitable soundtrack to my trip out of anything I could think of. Listening to the standout track from 2005's The Campfire Headphase, "Dayvan Cowboy," while watching the Rocky Mountains sail by from 30 kilometers above the Earth was probably the most breathtaking experience I had ever had with music. 1998's Music Has The Right To Children felt like the soundtrack to a time-lapse covering a million years of erosion that shaped the Grand Canyon as I hiked a mile into it. "Roygbiv" was the perfect accompanyment to the sun breaking through the clouds and mountains that formed the skyline. Over my trip I learned that Boards of Canada is the perfect soundtrack for either everyday life, or anything larger than life.


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