The mysterious Boards of Canada 12″ release


Last Saturday (aka Record Store Day 2013) rumours spread of a release from the reclusive Scottish electronic music duo, Boards of Canada.

Little has been heard from brothers, Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin since the release of their Trans Canada Highway EP in 2006 – until now that is.

Rumours have circled that the duo are due to release a new album this summer (their first since 2005’s The Campfire Headphase) and on Saturday a video was uploaded onto YouTube showing a 12″ by the brothers (record label Warp have confirmed this) playing. The 12″ contains 20 seconds of audio.

Within the audio a voice can be heard reciting the numbers, 936557. As the front of the 12″ in question reads “—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——” it led to the owner of the record, lilcakey, to post the following thoughts on Reddit, “Clearly I have one of six similar Boards of Canada records released today and distributed “randomly” around the world (Other Music said they received the record with no word / acknowledgement of its existence, it was just there in a shipment they received).

“I think that if all of the numbers are gathered and arranged in a proper order, we might be able to figure something out, so we just need the other 5 people who found the record (or maybe they haven’t been found yet) to reveal their numbers and where they fit in the sequence, and then of course, have to decipher what the numbers together mean.

Before adding, “I don’t work for warp, and am just a college kid who idolizes this group – I want to figure this out.”

In past interviews, Boards of Canada have expressed a strong interest in the power of subliminal messaging, numerology and cryptic messages, so this mystery fits the bill.

The trouble is only one of the six 12″s has been reported as being bought, so no-one currently knows how long it’ll be until we get the chance to find out what all of this means. Is it a teaser for a forthcoming EP or album? Will the code unlock further previews of new music somewhere online? Or is this all just one big elaborate red herring?

Check out the new Boards of Canada 12″ in question, below:

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