Boards of Canada – “XYZ” Track Review

John Zurzola

“XYZ” by Boards of Canada, is a very interesting, and eclectic piece. With slow paced synths in the beginning, accompanied by bass lines, this proves a prime example of an ambient, downtempo plunder-phonics. The structure is very similar to that of an Aphex twin track, or even Massive Attack, considering the percussive elements that come into play during the middle of the song. For a song that came out in 1998, I’d say it is way ahead of its time.

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