In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country

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In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
EP by
Released27 November 2000 (2000-11-27)
StudioHexagon Sun Studio, Scotland
  • Marcus Eoin
  • Michael Sandison
Boards of Canada chronology
Peel Session TX 21/07/1998
In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country

In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country is an EP by Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada. It was released by Warp and music70 on 27 November 2000, in the period between the duo's albums Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi. Like those albums, it was well-received by critics.[3][4] It peaked at number 15 on the UK Independent Albums Chart.[5] Originally pressed on blue vinyl, the vinyl version of the EP was reissued on black vinyl in 2013.[6]


The four-track collection centers around the theme of the Branch Davidian religious sect and their Waco retreat. The title of the EP refers to a vocoder-processed and slowed voice sample used on the third track, which repeats "come out and live in a religious community in a beautiful place out in the country." This line was purportedly spoken by Amo Bishop Roden,[4] after whom the second track is named. Amo Bishop Roden, the widow of David Koresh rival George Roden, reoccupied the Waco site after its destruction, sleeping in a ditch near the property until federal authorities who had been keeping her away finally abandoned it.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[9]
Drowned in Sound8/10[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[13]

According to Metacritic, In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country received an average score of 78 out of 100 based on 4 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[8]

In 2017, Pitchfork placed it at number 12 on its list of "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time".[1] Writing for Pitchfork, Ben Cardew said, "this four-song release stands as its own beast, the pinnacle of the Scottish duo’s ability to soundtrack the moment when ecstasy succumbs to doubt."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison.

1."Kid for Today"6:23
2."Amo Bishop Roden"6:16
3."In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country"6:07


Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Marcus Eoin – writing, production
  • Michael Sandison – writing, production
  • Hexagon Sun – artwork, photography


Chart (2001) Peak
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[14] 22
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[5] 15


  1. ^ a b c "The 50 Best IDM Albums of All Time". Pitchfork. 24 January 2017. p. 4. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. ^ Hsu, Hua (7–14 March 2002). "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi (Warp)". The Boston Phoenix. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  3. ^ Morpurgo, Joseph (20 May 2012). "The genius of Boards Of Canada in 10 essential tracks". Fact. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Electronic Music Review"[permanent dead link], In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country,
  5. ^ a b "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  6. ^ Young, Alex (16 August 2013). "Boards of Canada to reissue entire discography". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  7. ^ Boyer, Peter (15 May 1995). "The Children of Waco". PBS. CondéNet. Retrieved 24 November 2006.
  8. ^ a b "Reviews for In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country (EP) by Boards of Canada". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  9. ^ Carlson, Dean. "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country – Boards of Canada". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  10. ^ Whitehouse, Tim (6 January 2001). "Ep Review: Boards of Canada – In a beautiful place out in the country EP". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 26 July 2019.
  11. ^ Coco, Chris (January 2001). "Boards of Canada: In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country (Warp)". Muzik (68): 112.
  12. ^ Cooper, Paul (30 November 2000). "Boards of Canada: In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 April 2013.
  13. ^ Romano, Tricia (2004). "Boards of Canada". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  14. ^ "Canadian Digital Song Sales". Billboard. 29 December 2001. Retrieved 11 December 2018.

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