Boards of Canada
About Boards of Canada
Utilizing samples, hazy synths, and hip-hop beats, the enigmatic Scottish electronic duo Boards of Canada (or BoC) specialize in obliquely nostalgic, retro-futuristic music that’s earned them legions of devoted fans.
• Brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin first began making music together as children, using tape recorders to sample and layer their musical compositions at home.
• Although they primarily grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, they spent a year in Canada from 1979 to 1980. They were inspired by TV films made by the National Film Board of Canada, which explains the band name.
• After a series of self-released projects, BoC issued the EP Hi Scores, their first commercial release, in 1996.
• Their 1998 debut album, Music Has the Right to Children, is considered a landmark in electronic music.
• BoC’s 2002 album Geogaddi narrowly missed the Top 20 on the UK albums chart and peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.
• Solange remixed “Left Side Drive,” from BoC’s 2006 Trans Canada Highway EP, adding celestial vocals to the duo’s original production.
• In 2013, Tomorrow’s Harvest, their first album in eight years, hit the Top 10 of the UK albums chart and the Top 20 of the Billboard 200.