In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country

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In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
EP by Boards of Canada
Released 27 November 2000 (2000-11-27)
Recorded Hexagon Sun Studio, Scotland
Genre Ambient, downtempo
Length 24:04
Label Warp Records WAP144
Producer Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin
Boards of Canada chronology
Peel Session TX 21/07/1998
In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork 8.9/10[2]

In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country is an EP recorded by Boards of Canada and released by Warp Records on 27 November 2000, in between the Scottish duo's landmark releases Music Has the Right to Children and Geogaddi. Like those albums, it was well received by critics.[3][4]

The original 12" version was pressed on sky-blue vinyl. The four track collection weaved the pair's now familiar motifs of nature, childhood and madness around a central theme: the Branch Davidian religious sect and their Waco retreat.

The second track is named after Amo Bishop Roden, the widow of a rival of David Koresh. 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.[5]

The EP's title refers to the one line of vocals around which the work is based, a vocoder-processed and slowed voice sample (said to be Roden[4]): come out and live in a religious community in a beautiful place out in the country.

The EP's artwork features blurred and fragmentary photos of the compound and Davidians, including the aforementioned Roden and the eye of David Koresh. The Davidians theme returns on the group's subsequent album, 2002's Geogaddi.

The title track was covered by Mira Calix for the Warp Records compilation Warp20 (Recreated) in 2009.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Kid for Today" 6:23
2. "Amo Bishop Roden" 6:16
3. "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country" 6:07
4. "Zoetrope" 5:18

In popular culture[edit]

The track "Kid for Today" was used in a 2002 British television advertisement for BMW 7 Series.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Carlson, Dean. "In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country - Board of Canada". 
  2. ^ Cooper, Paul. "Boards of Canada: In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country". 
  3. ^ "Fact Mag", The Essential Boards of Canada,
  4. ^ a b "Electronic Music Review", In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country,
  5. ^ Boyer, Peter (15 May 1995). "The Children of Waco". PBS. CondéNet. Retrieved 24 November 2006. 

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