It all started a week ago when a slew of brand new BOARDS OF CANADA vinyls began appearing in a handful of record stores around the world. When played, each of the discs revealed a mysterious six-digit code, with sleeves indicating there are six codes in total to be revealed. So far five of the six codes have been discovered — four of which have been placed in their proper order, and one of which (discovered by NPR) has yet to be placed in its proper location:
(—— / 628315 / 717228 / 936557 / —— / 519225)
The fifth code, revealed in an NPR broadcast and not yet placeable, is 699742. As Pitchfork wrote earlier today: “After uploading the links into a text editor, a paragraph of coding jargon was uncovered, appearing to have come from a Mac source folder, and which contains the word ‘Cosecha’ a number of times, leading people to assume it might be the title of a new album.” But some of the most interesting and least cryptic of the clues came earlier this afternoon when users of the unofficial BOARDS OF CANADA fan messageboard discovered that the Scottish duo had made an update to their YouTube playlist. Before today the playlist hadn’t been changed in years, but today the duo repositioned three videos related to their 1995 release Twoism to the top of the list.
It’s the most direct clue to-date from BOARDS OF CANADA, giving us what we can only assume is a strong indication of what we can expect to hear on their new material. Below you can listen to the very first of the six vinyl-released codes from earlier last week, as well as the freshly-updated #1 video on BOC’s YouTube playlist. For the most up-to-date info on the mystery be sure to visit FACT.