BOARDS OF CANADA Geogaddi (Warp) Rating: NNN Rating: NNN
Maybe the strain of having created an entirely new language of electronic music, one based as much on pop music as on technology, and giving gloomy Thom Yorke reason to not do himself in just yet has gotten to Boards of Canada. How else to explain the 65 minutes of coasting on the wildly anticipated Geogaddi? Admittedly, it's glorious coasting. BOARDS OF CANADA is a beautiful-sounding record, exquisitely shaped and deliriously layered. It's also virtually indistinguishable from their previous releases and doesn't even hint at taking their bucolic folktronica to the next level. In fact, in the face of imitators like Manitoba and Four Tet, the sameness and over-familiarity of Geogaddi is downright sad. Elevators around the world await.