While Boards of Canada has what the initiated know as a signature sound, after the first 10 minutes of their long awaited 2nd album, it becomes apparent that Geogaddi has a naturalism that the duo had previously attempted to find but was unable to fully grasp. Rich, hovering sonic explorations grow out of their binary soil of zeros and ones when paper-thin beats whisk and detune/retune their colorful melodies in spirals, as if smoke swirling in the air. Referring to or describing any one track is utterly impossible because, as the album moves and grows, a perfect being is born from the flawlessly sewn progression of 23 tracks, unable to be isolated into individual songs.
The keyboards never loosen their grasp, although it seems as if there is only very slight variation as one song blends into the next. At any given moment, though, three or four different two- to three-note progressions may be built up upon one another, and the bursting results require absolutely no active participation on the listener’s part to be fully absorbed. However, when paying particularly close attention, the listener is rewarded in finding a new strength in the music’s myriad delicacies. BOC’s unique style of composition blends the psychedelic with the electronic, the organic with the heavily processed, the analog with the digital to form an undeniable beauty.