Daily Dose: ‘Dayvan Cowboy’ by Boards of Canada

Fun fact about me: my alarm ringtone is, and has been for as long as I can remember (but at least five years) has been ‘Chromakey Dreamcoat’, which is taken from the same album that this track features on. Boards of Canada, are rightly or wrongly, considered heroes in the indie/downtempo/electronica scenes by a lot of connoisseurs, but much of the focus is directed towards their earlier two albums, especially the first, Music Has the Right to Children (20th April, 1998), which has been labelled in multiple corners as a must listen record. I wouldn’t disagree with that assessment, especially if you wish to understand the nostalgia that is alternative late nineties culture, but I actually think The Campfire Headphase (17th October, 2005), their third album and origin of the sounds when I wake up in the morning, is their finest work and songs like this are the reason. Like yesterday’s track, it’s been used on a wide variety of commercials and television programmes, possessing as it does that malleable, dream-like quality that allows anyone to project themselves and their experiences into the music. It turns out that an awful lot of people have some really strong emotions associated with this song, and the beauty of it is that because of the seeming simplicity and elegance of all of BoC’s work (Scottish brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin) that it’s natural that such a wide variety of feelings and memories would be conjured up. I went back and listened to their most recent album Tomorrow’s Harvest (5th June, 2013) again, because I sort of forget how wonderfully magical their music is. Perhaps that’s because there’s very few songs that I’ve heard in my life more than one of theirs.

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