Every Friday night at 9pm I do a show called Nite Life on KEXP. In the midnight hour I choose one of the worldâ€™s greatest albums and bring you tracks and stories from that. Last Fridayâ€™s Midnight Album Feature is Scottish duo Boards of Canadaâ€™s 2005 release The Campfire Headphase.
Boards of Canada are brothers Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin who started playing together as a band in the mid-80s, when they were still teenagers. When they first got started they put out a 12″ vinyl EP and sent it to an electronica label called Skam. A day after the label got the recording they signed Boards of Canada.
One of the main reasons I love this record is becauseâ€¦ Iâ€™m afraid of driving. I was in a really bad car accident about four years ago. Some 20 year-old kid in an SUV rear-ended my car while I was stopped at a light. I spent the next 3 years recovering. Every single time I get in a car I fear for my life. I do it anyway, and do okay with it, except on really long road trips. The freeway really scares me. People zooming in and out. Big trucksâ€¦ So, I use this album as a calming mechanism. If I have this record on while Iâ€™m driving, then everything is all hazy and beautiful and good. So, I would recommend this record if thereâ€™s any situation where you need calming. Thereâ€™s something very grounding about it.
Facing your fears is one of the most important things you can do in life. This year I tried stand up comedy, fell in love with a musician, and asserted my independence by getting into a car every day. I think fear is usually anticipation, and once you jump into the water, you do what you gotta do. This Boards of Canada video shows how it feels to face your fearâ€¦.
This is one of the great headphone albums of all time, an instant meditation. â€“ Boards of Canada and their excellent album The Campfire Headphase.