23 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after their 1998 breakthrough, Music Has the Right to Children, the Scottish duo pushed even further with Geogaddi. Zigzagging between found-sound sketches, out-of-body ambient floaters, and murky instrumental hip-hop, it’s darker and more adventurous. On “1969” and “Music Is Math,” their trademark breaks are bathed in a vivid swirl, while their synth programming takes the lead on the tabla-laced “Alpha and Omega.” Most impressive is its kaleidoscopic churn: In the spirit of '70s planetarium soundtracks, it’s less an album than a state of mind.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Four years after their 1998 breakthrough, Music Has the Right to Children, the Scottish duo pushed even further with Geogaddi. Zigzagging between found-sound sketches, out-of-body ambient floaters, and murky instrumental hip-hop, it’s darker and more adventurous. On “1969” and “Music Is Math,” their trademark breaks are bathed in a vivid swirl, while their synth programming takes the lead on the tabla-laced “Alpha and Omega.” Most impressive is its kaleidoscopic churn: In the spirit of '70s planetarium soundtracks, it’s less an album than a state of mind.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

Maxwell Glindenbach ,

Beware the Friendly Stranger

I'll never be able to listen to track three again without thinking of Salad Fingers

nonesuch777 ,

Unbelievable

Another amazing album from Scotland's finest. BoC creates spooky, ethereal soundscapes that can be quite easy to get lost in. Even though some hardcore fans prefer Music Has the Right to Children, BoC's debut, I think Geogaddi is a release that's just as strong. It may not be for the casual listener (some of my friends have described it as "creepy") but if you can do your best to go in with an open mind you'll find some beautiful music.

My personal favorites include "Music Is Math" ('the past inside the present'), "Dandelion," "1969" (gotta love the vocoders), "The Beach at Redpoint" (haunting strings), "I Saw Drones," "The Devil Is in the Details," "A is to B...", and "Corsair." However, the album is best listened to all the way through as a complete, 66 minute 6 second trip. I wonder if that length means anything, because the album is EXACTLY that long. 666...

If you can get the Japanese import version, there's a bonus track, "From One Source All Things Depend." And on some versions there's another bonus track, "Macquarie Ridge." Both are worth the effort to find.

Oh, and check out whose voice gets sampled on "Dandelion." Surely you can't be serious...

Relax+ ,

Geogaddi

Excellent!

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