Eight years after the reclusive Scottish duo’s last LP, a mystery Boards of Canada 12″ has been discovered in New York, leading fans to speculate that it could be a clue to new material.
The record was discovered by a fan in Other Music in Manhattan on Saturday (April 20), who then posted it onto Reddit under the name Lilcakey. The 12″ comes in a simple sleeve and features just 20 seconds of audio – which you can listen to below. Board’s of Canada’s record label Warp, confirmed to Pitchfork that it is a genuine release.
It is has been suggested that the LP could be part of a series. Under the bands name on the album sleeve, the subtitle reads: ‘—— / —— / —— / XXXXXX / —— / ——‘. Writing on Reddit, Lilcakey suggests that the record’s numeric code, 936557, corresponds to the subtitle’s string of Xs. “Clearly I have one of six similar Boards of Canada records released today and distributed ‘randomly’ around the world,” the post on Reddit reads.
It continues: “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 five 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.” As yet, no other Boards of Canada Record Store Day releases have been found
Boards of Canada are made up of two brothers – Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison. Their third LP ‘The Campfire Headphase’ was released in 2005 and they haven’t performed live since 2001.