Alas, Boards of Canada have returned with a new album entitled Tomorrow’s Harvest. The BoC is one of the most influential acts to come out of the mid-90′s experimental electronic music scene — a la Warp Records and the like. Their analogue, kaleidoscopic visions brought a certain warmth to a scene that often times dodged beauty in favor of more complicated, mechanical chaos. In the early 2000′s, as acts like Aphex Twin and Autechre ventured off into complex of rhythms and more subdued melodies — the BoC remained the most accessible of the three.
It has been almost eight years since their last proper album and this time around they are exploring darker territories — even though it still has that signature BoC sound. Tomorrows Harvest plays out like a soundtrack to some post-apocalyptic sci-fi where environmental negligence and false prophets run amok (think Vangelis or John Carpenter, with beats). The duo only allow a sliver of light to shine through. With that said it is still a thoroughly enjoyable listen. After repeated listens I would say its on par with their seminal albums, Music Has The Right To Children and Geogaddi. Put on some headphones and spend some time with it. Each listen is sure to reveal something new. View their beautiful video for the single Reach for the Dead below.
Favorite tracks: Reach for the Dead, Palace Posy, Split Your Infinities, White Cyclosa, New Seeds