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This is a band that if I’m not playing them constantly, or talking about them, mythologising how relevant and important they are in the pantheon of the greatest music and bands of all time, I’m waiting for them. Enjoying them but always waiting.They have a new album out next year. Or 2012, or 2016, who knows. Not even Warp know. You could be forgiven that the delay is because their perfectionism is the reason they need to explore, experiment, mix, fix, tweak and wait. But we wouldn’t know. We’ll never know.

In the meantime the fans are going stir crazy. The fans here at least. Since the Trans Canada Highway EP in 2006 contemporary and popular music has gone through a few but not earth shattering changes. Fans have been speculating what the new album might sound like, not in the sense of what other music it might ape because it won’t sound like anything other than Boards of Canada. This is the dream of other artists, not to sound like Boards of Canada but to sound like themselves, to become a genre of their own. Although from the fan made videos and the BOC community they are more Boards of Canada than Boards of Canada.

There’s something kind of anti-corporate, certainly in the tone and assembly of the library footage chosen but also ambivalent and ambiguous. It’s hard to place. I used to go past a place called ‘Cemex Aggregates’ on my way to Manchester, when I took the train. I’ve associated it, and its logo so much to Boards of Canada that it almost feels significant and iconic.

So what is it about Boards of Canada that the fans love about them? It’s partly the stuff already mentioned above, along with they washed out colours of distant, childhood summers. It’s in part the sinister undertones of their mixes, the music somehow encapsulates what it is we can’t express about those lazy school holidays in the early 80s when there was nothing to do and most of our better off friends were away somewhere. It’s also in some of the themes which Ghost Box Records have exploited with the likes of Advisory Circle and Belbury Poly, that British public information mentality. The music is comforting but with an undercurrent that you might die soon. Listen to ‘The Devil is in The Details’ or ‘Alpha and Omega’.It’s the fear of the everyday, deserted retail parks, maybe radioactive shopping malls.

The appeal for some fans is either the hidden secret messages in the music and the nods to cult/religious iconography. Now there’s a few websites dedicated to unraveling these ideas which range from bonkers to intriguing but I think BOC just like to fuck with us sometimes.

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