Boards Of Canada - Music Has The Right To Children (1998) - “Turquoise Hexagon Sun”
Music Has The Right To Children is one of those iconic albums that anyone in the electronic production “scene” just sort of assumes you’ve listened to. It’s been around since I was four years old, is incredibly well renowned, and is the album that put BoC on the map. Nonetheless, I hadn’t listened to it in it’s entirety (with the exception of “Roygbiv”) until today, and WOW am I happy that I did.
I’m not going to go into a huge lengthy review, but I do have to say - I’m really surprised by how dark this album is. One of the things everyone talks about with BoC is their warm and nostalgic sound, and how reassuring their music is, and while this album has that in spades, it can get pretty dark at times too. Never like scary dark, but there’s a healthy dosage of dissonance when it’s appropriate, and it isn’t all flowers and sunshine. In spite of that (or maybe because of that?), this is a really good album, and it’s easy to see why it gets the critical acclaim that it does. It’s certainly left me with plenty of inspiration and new ideas to work on, if nothing else.
It’s neat how their sound has evolved over time but both the new and old are good in their own ways. This is one of those albums everyone should hear at least once.