Nightmare Fuel / Boards of Canada

  • The entirety of Geogaddi is deeply unsettling, with deceptively sunny keyboads filtered through tape recorders that make them sound broken and distorted. Particularly creepy tracks include:
    • Right out of the box with "Ready Lets Go", which is little more than an oscillating drone.
    • "Music is Math," the second track and the first full song on the album, sets the tone. The lyrics are hard to make out (as they're being sung in a near-incomprehensible, tribal wail filtered through a vocoder) but consensus seems to be that they are: "we all fall down... we all fall down... down..."
    • "You Could Feel The Sky."
    • "1969" crosses Boards of Canada's Right to Children-era sunny sound with unsettling vocoder bits and references to cults. In fact, it's about the Branch Davidian cult, which maintained a Stepford Smiler facade while their leader sexually abused children.
    • "A is to B as B is to C" , with its strange, garbled loops and samples. Towards the end of the track, an ominous backmasked chorus chants something that sounds astonishingly like "O Geogaddi! O Geogaddi!"
    • "The Devil is in the Details," which is about hypnosis. Not a good idea to listen to in a dark room.
      • It doesn't help that the backing beat sounds vaguely like an insect moving its wings back and forth.
      • Someone backmasked it in it's entirety, and used the end result in a Slender Man webseries known as Tribe Twelve. The result? A completely different track that feels like Uncanny Valley in sound form. Shudder.
    • "Alpha and Omega", which gradually becomes more and more frantic and incomprehensible, and three-fourths into the song a loud and unexpected "yellow" is spoken.
    • "Opening The Mouth." My God.
    • "Gyroscope" makes you feel like you need to be running from something. Not to mention the small child repeating numbers throughout the song.
    • "I Saw Drones" is short, but downright threatening.
    • "Corsair" is fairly tranquil compared to any of the other tracks, but still retains some ominousness.
  • "Beware the Friendly Stranger". The more you look into the song, the worse it gets.
  • The cover of Music Has the Right to Children anyone? The Faceless...
    • The inside of the album has each of their faces magnified. Ugh.
    • Plus, the "I... Lovveee... You..." samples on "The Color Of The Fire." Downright Uncanny Valley stuff right here.
    • Though maybe not outright Nightmare Fuel, "An Eagle In Your Mind" and "Sixtyten" are subtly ominous.
    • Not to mention the more subtly ominous "Pete Standing Alone." Brr...
  • In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country. The whole EP has an unsettling atmosphere, especially "Amo Bishop Roden" and the title track.
  • Tomorrow's Harvest. An apocalyptic dread is present through the whole album, from the opening bleakness of "Gemini" to the Downer Ending of "Semena Mertvykh".
    • And speaking of "Semena Mertvykh", the title is a Russian translit for "Seeds of the Dead". Creepy, that is.
  • Their remix (under the "Hell Interface" alias) of Colonel Abrams' "Trapped" turns an upbeat pop song into a horrifying song about love gone wrong.
    • Speaking of Hell Interface, the Anti-Christmas Song "Soylent Night" is arguably one of the most unsettling tracks ever heard from BOC. The main melody is a sample from the fifth movement of Johann Sebastian Bach's Magnificat twisted into a dissonant, haunting loop. Partway through a passage from "Silent Night" can be heard, but it has been treated in such a way that it sounds more like a faint and ghostly wail than any human vocal. To top it all off, the song concludes with a distorted robotic voice reciting the Lord's Prayer.
  • "Slow This Bird Down" is fairly ominous, especially compared to the rest of The Campfire Headphase.
  • "House of Abin'adab" from Old Tunes Vol. 1 practically lives off of Nothing Is Scarier; the only sound throughout the entire track is a low, quavering drone that occasionally pipes up in intensity.
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