Come out and live with a religious community in a beautiful place out in the country.Boards of Canada are an electronic music duo formed of two Scottish brothers, Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin.note They are known for their psychedelic, trippy sound constructed by a combination of electronic and normal instrumentation, heavy sound manipulation and processing, trip hop-influenced beats and frequent samples, usually drawn from old seventies media (their name is a nod to the documentaries produced by the National Film Board Of Canada, which they were heavily influenced by as their family moved to Canada during their childhood) and field recordings. This gives their music a more pastoral and human character compared to other purely synthetic electronic bands. A frequent metaphor/comparison among reviewers is that their music sounds like "the last sounds of a dying machine from The Seventies that just got recently excavated," or something along those lines.Despite the generally sunny, optimistic and vaguely nostalgic character of their music, the brothers have been known to dip into the Nightmare Fuel well every now and then, especially on Geogaddi.Boards of Canada has existed since 1986, when Marcus joined Mike's band, but ever since 1989 the band consists solely of the Sandison brothers. Their early songs were released through self-financed cassette releases on their Music70 label, but ever since 1998 their albums have appeared through Warp Records.Among their influences, the brothers have cited The Incredible String Band (claiming shared pastoral sensibilities), Joni Mitchell, The Beatles and My Bloody Valentine. They are also professed fans of Radiohead.David Firth loves them. Sean Booth is also a fan, as he signed them to his label Skam Records and had them open for a few Autechre shows.
Discography:Pre-Warp releases (generally unavailable unless you really dig after them; the last two are somewhat easier to get a hold of):