Howdy. There’s a pretty good variety of music lined up for this week. We’ll hit some mash-ups, as well as some folky stuff. Should be interesting. Today it’s all about longtime, ambient mainstay, Boards of Canada.
Let me start by saying if you’re an ambient music aficionado, Boards of Canada is definitely a name you’re familiar with. They’ve been around for quite some time, releasing their first album, Catalog 3, in 1987. I first heard of them a few years back, but never bothered to really give them much of a listen. It was only earlier this year that I rediscovered them, probably on Port Blue Radio or something like that. Their latest release was their 2006 EP Trans Canada Highway.
You can listen to a bunch of music from Boards of Canada on their MySpace. “Dayvan Cowboy” seems to be their most popular song. It’s definitely some dope work, but that’s pretty much the trend in all their stuff. “Roygbiv” is another popular tune that may be worth checking out. “Left Side Drive” is probably my favorite track on the MySpace.
Now, keep in mind, this music isn’t the greatest for every occasion. Like, if you’re looking to get pumped up, for example, you should probably go look elsewhere. But if you want to have some background music to read to, or do some homework to, or even study to, then Boards of Canada are a group to look into.
You can find more info at their official site, their MySpace, or on Last.fm. If you’re looking to download a couple tracks, the SadSteve search for Boards of Canada yields some pretty decent results. All in all, they’re a group worth listening to, even if it’s just for a little bit.