Tomorrow's Harvest - Boards of Canada
Metascore
85

Universal acclaim - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Jul 3, 2013
    100
    It is chock-a-block with everything you have ever loved about the Boards over the last 15-some-odd years.
  2. There is joy in these grooves; the attentive care of studio perfectionists, and the warm embrace of an old friend.
  3. 91
    It’s the duo’s most sinister and fascinating collection of songs, enrapturing the listener with dystopian soundscapes and frustrating arrangements.
  4. Jun 21, 2013
    90
    Tomorrow’s Harvest, the duo’s latest, is a perfect reminder of how well these two can bring their unique aesthetic to life through music.
  5. Jun 11, 2013
    90
    Tomorrow’s Harvest is as strong a return to form as it is stunning an update, with the Scottish duo refining their blend of nostalgic sonics and futuristic sheen.
  6. Jun 11, 2013
    90
    Even the most careful listener will be left wondering what it all means. Luckily, Boards Of Canada have laid out a riddle we won't tire of teasing out, embedded in a timeless sound unlike any other.
  7. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    With Tomorrow's Harvest, the Sandisons' return feels natural. Rather than resort to hiring disco session musicians or citing Judith Butler to add a new kink to their sound, they've done something even rarer in the modern era: They’ve aged with grace.
  8. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    The consistent excellence of Tomorrow's Harvest is as comforting as a collection of quietly menacing android fever dreams like these could possibly be.
  9. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    Though demanding repeated listens, Tomorrow’s Harvest distinguishes itself by making intense commitment (e.g. What’s the better way to enjoy it, headphones or stereo, broken-up “side” listens on vinyl vs. one full immersive CD spin?) a welcome task for the summer of 2013.
  10. Jun 5, 2013
    90
    These 17 vignettes glow with Cold War paranoia, picking up where Threads, the most scarring piece of TV ever made, left off. It might also be the duo’s most accomplished album yet--and that’s coming from someone unable to remove the Hi Scores LP from his stereo.
  11. Jun 5, 2013
    90
    Thankfully, they’ve saved their finest ideas for Tomorrow’s Harvest, which burns as brightly as anything they have accomplished thus far
  12. Where Music Has the Right seemed grounded in the real world (albeit a twisted recollection of such) and Geogaddi straddled the line between Star Wars and The Sandlot, Tomorrow’s Harvest finds the duo launching their sound into Lovecraftian orbit. And it sounds terrific.
  13. Jul 17, 2013
    85
    Though it's easily the group's densest, most challenging release to date, Tomorrow's Harvest will likely gratify anyone willing to dig deep enough to reap its wonders. [No. 100, p.53]
  14. Jun 11, 2013
    83
    There’s a sense of purpose and forward motion on this record where old tracks had a feeling of circling in place until the tape eroded.
  15. Jun 10, 2013
    83
    What we’re left with is Boards of Canada’s moodiest record, a full-length tinted with atmosphere that unfolds slowly and is happy to allow you to come to it.
  16. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    The moody synthesizer soundscapes of Tomorrow’s Harvest reveal their rewardingly intricate layers and details with repeated listens.
  17. Jul 3, 2013
    80
    Crackle and hiss are still in evidence, but the effect is toned down, and less suggestive of sonic patina than of the hostile climate of a world far removed from the languid, sun-dappled pools and rolling vistas suggested by 2005's The Campfire Headphase. [Jul 2013, p.53]
  18. Jun 17, 2013
    80
    It's vintage Boards Of Canada--a beautiful, shimmering, electronic maelstrom of liquid, vintage synths and slo-mo beats. [Jul 2013, p.82]
  19. Jun 14, 2013
    80
    There’s no twist ending here--just another excellent Boards Of Canada album.
  20. Jun 13, 2013
    80
    Their aural magic is as evocative as ever, and with their alchemical skills, they could well invent a fifth element, or more.
  21. Jun 11, 2013
    80
    Sandison and Eoin have produced an album that, in spite of its considerable runtime, is genuinely absorbing and convincing in its narrative sweep.
  22. 80
    While their latest transmission isn’t the easiest to receive, upon success, it can be the most rewarding piece of science fiction in years.
  23. Jun 6, 2013
    80
    Tomorrow's Harvest may not shout for your attention, but it certainly rewards it.
  24. Jun 6, 2013
    80
    At times, it is a little overwhelming over the 17 tracks, but there are plenty of beautiful moments here, the sort of moments which continue to propel BOC well ahead of many of their IDM contemporaries.
  25. 80
    Though very few of the songs themselves outstay their welcome, Tomorrow’s Harvest as a whole can feel overly long, and it’s the short songs that are the problem--they feel like unnecessary padding in a record whose triumphs should have been allowed to stand tall and proud by themselves.
  26. Jun 5, 2013
    80
    Boards of Canada have created a fascinating vision, one that will reveal more and more gifts over time.
  27. Jun 5, 2013
    80
    Far from daft, Tomorrow’s Harvest is a psycho-spiritual stormer.
  28. Jun 11, 2013
    75
    Any of these songs could have appeared at any point in the group's discography. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. A full-body massage, after all, is just as pleasing the fourth time as the first.
  29. Jun 11, 2013
    75
    Tomorrow’s Harvest is easily the Scottish duo’s most ghostly, bleak effort to date.
  30. Jun 11, 2013
    70
    While Tomorrow's Harvest makes for a wonderful listen, and a perfect gateway album for new fans, it's not the revelation many devotees were hoping for.
  31. Jun 11, 2013
    70
    There's plenty of intellect on Tomorrow's Harvest but not nearly as much soul; like an intricate artifact found preserved in a glacier, this album is impressive to behold, but cold to the touch.
  32. Jun 11, 2013
    70
    It might not be a major leap forward for Boards of Canada, but when the music continues to be so obviously them, maybe Tomorrow's Harvest doesn't need to be.
  33. Jul 10, 2013
    60
    Tomorrow's Harvest delivers oceans of spare, mellow and melodic electronica, but what it doesn't offer is much in the way of surprises. [Aug 2013, p.98]
  34. Jun 10, 2013
    60
    Tomorrow's Harvest is another intriguing Rorschach blot of a record from a splendidly arcane band.
  35. Jun 11, 2013
    40
    Where the dog-eared, snapshot ambient wooze of Twoism and Geogaddi once harbored a feverish throb, Tomorrow’s Harvest now prickles with hollow spaces: a fragmentary, pixelated symbolism has been lost in the construction of an outline of a broader system.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. Jun 11, 2013
    10
    Although not as striking as their debut album Music Has the Right to Children, Tomorrow's Harvest is everything i had hoped for in a return from Boards of Canada. It has a feeling of fallout, what to expect after a cataclysmic event, and each track is its own part of that journey. There are throwbacks to Boards of old, and also new ventures into their sound scape and i can't stop listening to it. Full Review »
  2. Jun 11, 2013
    9
    For all the nostalgia Tomorrow's Harvest oozes, it's not nostalgia for uncomplicated childhood memories and innocence of youth; it's nostalgia of a certain era, and to a certain degree, even the science and pseudoscience of the era parts Boards of Canada's albums sound like they could have been pulled from Jacques Cousteau documentaries (which was the case at least once), In Search Of…, "Ancient Aliens" documentaries hosted by Rod Serling and the documentary about the pseudoscience of Erich von Daniken, Nova, and perhaps least surprisingly nature and science documentaries by the National Film Board of Canada.

    Boards of Canada reference ephemeral music of old 1970s documentaries and movies in a way that can be especially creepy because not only are my memories of it profoundly imperfect, but so are the extant archives of them, having in most cases traveled through several generations of degraded tape. Much of their work revels in its own references to analogue culture, 70s futurism, and imperfect memory, and Tomorrow's Harvest is a return to that feel that they briefly stepped away from during The Campfire Headphase.

    Tomorrow's Harvest sounds like a soundtrack to a long-forgotten unearthed documentary about events and concepts which are often difficult to treat fairly in one hour and frankly quite sinister the failures of social and agrarian policies, the failure of utopia, occultism, the frailty of memory, the paranoia of the Cold War, ecological disaster, the reality behind surface appearances, eschatology, and lonliness.

    This is a bit less accessible than Geogaddi, but inhabits a similar dark space. Tomorrow's Harvest is very nearly exactly the album I was hoping it would be.
    Full Review »
  3. Jun 17, 2013
    10
    I'm not sure how I missed this band. I search for new music all the time and I luckily came across Boards of Canada through metacritic. This is one of the best cd's I've ever heard. It takes you to a completely new place. Would recommend to anyone! Full Review »