John Peel gave space to new music, including electronic music. And that didn’t have to mean unlistenably difficult music. Boards of Canada is a case in point. At the time that they released their best and most delicate album – Music Has The Right to Children – they had their only Peel session.

Boards of Canada have featured here a few time previously (firstly here). From A Peel session recorded on 16 June 1998 and first transmitted on 21 July 1998 – and the EP released in 1999. The release features 3 tracks, only two of which, it is claimed, actually come from the Peel Session itself (which confusingly had four tracks). The session version of “Olson” is different from the version on the Music Has The Right to Children album: the synthesizer sounds are completely different, the airplane noise is replaced by a scratchy, almost insect-like sample, a melody is added in the middle, and the track is almost twice as long.

Boards of Canada – Olson (Version 3)

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~ by acidted on October 28, 2010.


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