Am Samstag war Record Store Day und in einigen Geschäften tauchte zu diesem diese ominöse Platte mit dem Namen „—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / —–„. Die Urheberschaft wird keinen geringeren als
Boards of Canada zugeschrieben und das ist selbstredend einen kleine Bombe, die da platzt. Jetzt wird natürlich auf allen Kanälen wie verrückt rum spekuliert. Wann denn nun das neue Album kommen wird, weil das ob ganz offenbar keine Frage mehr zu sein scheint. Ick freu ma!
As part of Saturday’s Record Store Day festivities, Warp released a solitary 12″ credited to the pair through NY record shop Other Music. The disc features a short clip of a woozy none-more-BoC piece, plus a vocodered voice reading out the numbers “9-3-6-5-5-7″. It appears the record may be one in a series of jigsaw pieces: the record is credited as „—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / —–“ , and features dead space on either side of the clip, implying a fill-in-the-gaps approach.
We obviously approached the story with the requisite skepticism, but Pitchfork now claim they have had direct confirmation that the record is legit. An Other Music employee, Mikey IQ Jones, has also got in touch directly with FACT. According to Jones: „It’s real. We were given a copy to secretly place in the racks at Other Music; we’re really psyched that it was found by a big fan!”
As expected, there’s been a whirlwind of fact-scavenging and speculation on the web in the days following the record’s release. Dedicated BoC fanboys 2020k have been thoroughly documenting information about the 12″ as its emerged, and point towards a recorded phone conversation with Other Music, who confirm that the disc is the only US copy and that five others have been released in different countries. BoC, it should be noted, have some prior in this department. After practically zero promotion, 2002′s Geogaddi was premiered at listening parties in six churches across the world. The sessions took place in London, New York, Tokyo, Edinburgh, Berlin and Paris. The site also confirms that a Warp employee also delivered the album by hand to the store at 3pm on the day before Record Store Day, and that BoC have an official listing on the Record Store Day page.
There have also been some hijinks going on the BoC Youtube channel. A video to Geogaddi track ‘Julie And Candy’ was uploaded onto the band’s official YouTube channel, originally with „—— / —— / —— / —— / —— / —–“ in the subject line. Although this was subsequently removed, the title was also embedded into the clip at 4:20. 2020k note that, the following day, the message had moved to 4:19, suggesting there might be some sort of countdown in progress (although the clip has yet to move this morning).
Das Video zumindest, das 2020k als Snippet von der Platte hochlud jedenfalls klingt definitiv nach BoC. Und mir sind derartige Mysterien ja viel lieber als das Promo-Maschinengewehr, das Columbia bezüglich des neuen Daft Punk Albums abfeuert.
(Direktlink, via FACT)