Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase (Warp) While trading mainly in electronica, pastoralism figures heavily in Boards of Canada's approach. The Scottish duo lead a reclusive life in the countryside and their bucolic fascination permeates almost everything they do. Their computer-generated music also defies the machine- like parameters established by predecessors such as Autechre and Pan Sonic. Their swathes of digital artifice are always shaped to evoke visions of sunny, rolling landscapes, a sound that draws them closer to folk music than to their electronic counterparts. The use of guitars in The Campfire Headphase, the pair's third full- length album, ups the Boards' rustic ante. Tracks such as Chromakey Dreamcoat and Hey Saturday Sun are as pensive as the titles suggest, and even the darker, bleep-based moments are carried by sweeping melodic undertones. Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin have shaken off the rugged edges of their last effort Geogaddi, and returned to the floating sonic palette that defined their groundbreaking debut, Music Has the Right to Children. Campfire... can be summed up by its finale, Farewell Fire. A melody filtered as if through a dream slowly emerges. It morphs into several other musical permutations, while maintaining its level, and then fades out like a dimming sun. The Boards pursue beauty before style and do so with great elegance. Long may they ramble.