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Boards of Canada
Twoism (Warp Records)

By: Cam Lindsay

Back before they were known for their groundbreaking electronic psychedelia, Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison, aka Boards of Canada, released 1000 copies of Twoism on their own label Music70. That was six years ago. Now re-issued by Warp, Twoism, the precursor to the Hi Scores EP and Music Has The Right To Children, is a strong blueprint of what was to, and has, come. Displaying the influence of vintage synthesizers and simple programmed beats, it's everything you'd want early Boards of Canada to sound like. Though they're hardly the complicated matter that was unravelled with their current album, Geogaddi, songs like "Oirectine" and "Basefree", show the darker sides to the duo's ambience were always present. As well, there is a truly loopy, almost pop song in "Iced Cooly", a melodic track that sounds like it's about to run out of batteries. There are two previously released tracks here, "Smokes Quantity" and "Seeya Later", but they are so effective on this EP that even the pickiest completists will enjoy hearing them again. An unlisted hidden track, "1986 Summer Fire", is hidden for a reason. Lasting only a minute or so, it's a handy way of giving the listener a little something extra, even though it is so little. A welcome return for a much sought after introduction to electronic music's most important act since the Aphex Twin.
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