The Campfire Headphase

Release date
18 Oct 2005
Running length
15 tracks
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1 Into the Rainbow Vein 0:43 186,315
2 Chromakey Dreamcoat 5:47 208,590
3 Satellite Anthem Icarus 6:05 191,936
3 Peacock Tail 5:24 192,363
4 Dayvan Cowboy 5:01 310,294
5 A Moment of Clarity 0:51 168,730
6 '84 Pontiac Dream 3:49 174,708
7 Sherbert Head 2:41 86,445
8 Ataronchronon 1:14 154,171
9 Hey Saturday Sun 4:57 159,858
9 Oscar See Through Red Eye 5:06 190,326
10 Constants Are Changing 1:41 154,969
11 Slow This Bird Down 6:09 148,036
12 Tears From the Compound Eye 4:04 148,249
13 Farewell Fire 8:27 131,635

About this album

The Campfire Headphase is the third studio album by Boards of Canada. It was released by Warp Records in October 2005. The album took the duo three years to make.

This album featured the addition of heavily treated acoustic guitars and the use of more conventional song structures.

“We usually imagine our music to have a visual element while we’re writing it, so we were picturing this character losing his mind at the campfire and compressing weeks of events into a few hours, in that time-stretching way that acid fucks with your perception.”, Michael Sandison.

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.

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

A poster of this album can be seen in the British comedy The IT Crowd hanging in the main characters’ office.

The track “Dayvan Cowboy” was featured in a GMC advertisement (on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge in Charleston, SC) for the new GMC Yukon Hybrid, as well as the television programme Search For Second Earth on the Science Channel.

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  • superjchamma

    This is not their worst work. Technically speaking, they don't actually have a worst work, it all sounds great. Campfire slumps down and misses in a few areas, but for the most part it's a fantastic album, very well produced and beautiful. Their most accessible work too, the organic instruments make this an easy album to get into, and an altogether easy gateway album for anyone new to Boards of Canada.

    18 Dec 3:38pm Reply
  • EJSrocket

    i remember being so young hearing whispy atmospheric noise in commercial breaks...

    3 Nov 3:36pm Reply
  • Grycho

    Absolutely beautiful. I actually think this would make a fantastic entryway into the work of Boards of Canada for my little brother. <3

    2 Nov 4:27am Reply
  • bkelleher

    Hmmm I don't think there is a general consensus this is their worst. It's obviously their best.

    26 Oct 12:08am Reply
  • lew9six


    20 Oct 5:41am Reply
  • jokullmusic

    I don't think anyone dislikes this album. I just think it's the general consensus that it's their worst. It's still fantastic, but it's just not as good as MHTRTC and Geogaddi

    2 Aug 6:20am Reply
  • jordanlm

    How some people dislike this album is beyond me, it's so fantastically detailed and focused, the production is BoC at their best. [3]

    1 Aug 6:14pm Reply
  • chenne17

    best chillout album ever

    13 Jul 2:25pm Reply
  • last_nickname

    How some people dislike this album is beyond me, it's so fantastically detailed and focused, the production is BoC at their best. [2]

    11 Jul 3:29pm Reply
  • SaraBeeJim


    6 Jul 5:30pm Reply
  • will-neill

    How some people dislike this album is beyond me, it's so fantastically detailed and focused, the production is BoC at their best.

    24 Jun 5:23pm Reply
  • MaurizioMinazzi

    Absolutely underrated.

    21 Apr 5:11pm Reply
  • Tunawater

    I still don't think they've made anything that can top this

    17 Apr 2:50am Reply
  • ConeyAllen

    Used to be my least favorite BoC LP and now I am absolutely in love with it. Unique sonically and visually, as all their albums are.

    27 Jan 9:44pm Reply
  • DeValanten

    Pure sound magnificence!

    25 Jan 11:12pm Reply
  • RicardoCarmine

    Dayvan Cowboy is so good ugh

    2 Jan 10:30pm Reply
  • Azzyk

    I don't know why so many people hate this album, to me it's absolutely brilliant.

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • somaliaaa

    Definitely best [2] The artwork is just perfect [3]

    11 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Ali-Red

    perfect for daytime smoking.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • skeptic_

    far and away the best.

    27 Oct 2013 Reply
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