Trans Canada Highway (EP)

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Trans Canada Highway
Boards of Canada - Trans Canada Highway.png
EP by Boards of Canada
Released 29 May 2006 (2006-05-29)
Recorded Hexagon Sun studio in Scotland
Genre Ambient, downtempo
Length 28:00
Label Warp Records WAP200
Producer Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin
Boards of Canada chronology
The Campfire Headphase
Trans Canada Highway
Tomorrow's Harvest
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Twisted Ear 3/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 6.0/10[3]

Trans Canada Highway is an EP by Scottish IDM duo Boards of Canada. It was released on 29 May 2006 by Warp Records. According to Boards of Canada's official site, the EP was originally scheduled for release on 6 June 2006.[4] (That date being written numerically as 6/6/06, harking back to their use of the number 666 on the album Geogaddi.) The original retail vinyl release of the EP was pressed on white vinyl, while re-issues were pressed on black.

Music video[edit]

The EP contains the duo's first ever music video, directed by Melissa Olson. The video pieces together various found video and film clips in order to create a short narrative for the song "Dayvan Cowboy", which also appears on Boards of Canada's 2005 album The Campfire Headphase. The video begins with stock footage of Joseph Kittinger's landmark sky dive in 1960, from a helium balloon that had pierced the atmosphere, effectively leaving Kittinger in free fall from space. The video then shows footage of Laird Hamilton landing in the ocean after his parachute successfully opens. As he rises to the surface, he grasps a surfboard and begins to ride waves.


The album art was adapted from a 1977 Dodge Trucks parts manual.


In 2011, R&B singer/songwriter Solange Knowles released a version of the track "Left Side Drive" with additional vocals.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Dayvan Cowboy" 5:01
2. "Left Side Drive" 5:20
3. "Heard from Telegraph Lines" 1:09
4. "Skyliner" 5:40
5. "Under the Coke Sign" 1:31
6. "Dayvan Cowboy (Odd Nosdam Remix)" 9:19


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Twisted Ear review
  3. ^ Pitchfork review
  4. ^ Boards of Canada discography; retrieved on 1 August 2006.
  5. ^ "New Music: Solange – 'Left Side Drive'". Rap May 1, 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 

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