For our uninitiated, last Saturday was Record Store Day and as is customary music lovers from around the world flocked to their local record stores to delve into the catalogue of exclusive releases commissioned especially for the event. This years festivities were particularly good with fresh cuts coming from a plethora of iconic names from across the musical spectrum from Brian Eno and Pulp to Soulwax and… Boards Of Canada.
Yes you read that right, Boards Of Canada released a new 12” via Warp which was credited to the duo by New York record store Other Music. The release features a short clip of a Boards piece in addition to a vocodered voice reading out “9-3-6-5-5-7″.
The new record appears to be the first of a series of jigsaw pieces in a longer running project to be unraveled with the 12″ featuring the credits as “—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——” and features blank air either side of the sound snippet which we assume is part of a ‘fill in the blanks’ activity set up by the pairing.
The story was greeted with much skepticism when it first emerged but has seemingly been confirmed by Other Music staff member Mikey IQ Jones who is reported to have said “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!”
Inevitably this has caused much excitement amongst fans and many have already accepted the challenge as they rummage the web looking for further clues on how to complete the release as rumors swirl that the other copies have been distributed in 5 other countries in a ‘Willy Wonker-esque’ style easter egg hunt.
With further rumors of a ‘surprise’ upcoming album set to drop this summer all we can say is we’re glad to have them back after their 7 year hiatus and good luck finding the remaining pieces!
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