The Campfire Headphase

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The Campfire Headphase
Studio album by Boards of Canada
Released 17 October 2005 (2005-10-17)
Recorded Hexagon Sun, Scotland
Genre Downtempo, ambient, IDM, Folk
Length 62:05
Label Warp
Producer Michael Sandison, Marcus Eoin
Boards of Canada chronology
The Campfire Headphase
Trans Canada Highway
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 79/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [3]
Mojo 4/5 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10) [5]
PopMatters (8/10) [6]
Q 4/5 stars [7]
Stylus A− [8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars [9]

The Campfire Headphase is the third studio album by Boards of Canada. Released by Warp Records in October 2005, the album featured the addition of heavily treated acoustic guitars and the use of more conventional song structures. The album took the duo three years to make.

Song releases[edit]

The track "Oscar See Through Red Eye" was released digitally on 5 September 2005 by, an online shop maintained by Warp Records. On 4 October 2005, the track "Dayvan Cowboy" was released through iTunes.

In April 2006, a music video for the song "Dayvan Cowboy" was released on the Warp Records website. The video consists of footage from Joe Kittinger's famous parachute jump from 19.5 miles (31.4 km) altitude, and later slow-motion footage of big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. The video was directed by Melissa Olson.[11]

Commercial use[edit]

Music from The Campfire Headphase has been used heavily in commercial bumpers for the U.S. late-night television network Adult Swim.[citation needed]

The track "Chromakey Dreamcoat" is featured in a commercial bump for the Cartoon Network.[citation needed]

The track "Dayvan Cowboy" has been featured in a number of commercials and television programmes, this includes a GMC advertisement (on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, SC) for the new GMC Yukon Hybrid, the television programme Search For Second Earth on the Science Channel, and the documentary series Megacities by the BBC. Most recently it has been used in a commercial for Nissan launched in April 2014 for the 2014 Nissan Altima.[citation needed]

The R&B Singer Solange sang over the top of the track "Slow This Bird Down" on her album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison.

No. Title Length
1. "Into the Rainbow Vein"   0:44
2. "Chromakey Dreamcoat"   5:47
3. "Satellite Anthem Icarus"   6:04
4. "Peacock Tail"   5:24
5. "Dayvan Cowboy"   5:00
6. "A Moment of Clarity"   0:51
7. "’84 Pontiac Dream"   3:49
8. "Sherbet Head"   2:41
9. "Oscar See Through Red Eye"   5:08
10. "Ataronchronon"   1:14
11. "Hey Saturday Sun"   4:56
12. "Constants Are Changing"   1:42
13. "Slow This Bird Down"   6:09
14. "Tears from the Compound Eye"   4:03
15. "Farewell Fire"   8:26
Total length:
Japanese[12] bonus track
No. Title Length
16. "Macquarie Ridge"   4:57
Total length:


All personnel credits adapted from The Campfire Headphase '​s liner notes.[13]

Boards of Canada
Design personnel
  • Boards of Canada – design
  • Natasha Morton – design

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[14] 71
Dutch Top 100[15] 83
French SNEP Albums Chart[16] 86
Irish Albums Chart[17] 55
Norwegian Albums Chart[18] 40
UK Albums Chart[19] 41
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[20] 5
US Billboard Independent Albums[20] 19


  1. ^ The Campfire Headphase at Metacritic Retrieved 2013-05-25.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Guardian review
  4. ^ Mojo, Oct. 2005, p. 104
  5. ^ Pitchfork review
  6. ^ PopMatters review
  7. ^ Q review
  8. ^ Stylus review
  9. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review
  10. ^ Hutton, Erin (1 December 2005). "Emotional Abuse". Remix. Penton Media. Archived from the original on 1 June 2007. Retrieved 20 February 2007. 
  11. ^ Steve Marchese (2006). "Sky's the Limit". RES Media Group. Archived from the original on 2007-03-13. Retrieved 2006-11-25. 
  12. ^ The Campfire Headphase (CD). Boards of Canada. Beat Records. 2005. BRC=139. 
  13. ^ The Campfire Headphase (CD). Boards of Canada. Warp Records. 2005. WARPCD123. 
  14. ^ "Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase". (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase". (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "Discography Boards of Canada". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Boards of Canada | Artist". Official Charts Company. British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "The Campfire Headphase – Boards of Canada". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 

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