Tomorrow's Harvest - Boards of Canada
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 88 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 83 out of 88
  2. Negative: 4 out of 88

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  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.
  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.
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  3. Jun 11, 2013
    9
    Although Boards of Canada may not immediately strike a first-time listener as great fun, my own personal joy comes through involving myself with the music rather than superficially glancing. Dissecting their music, and their clues and tricks, is what allows me to work out the questions I have about the band. Although everything Boards of Canada put into their music is right there in front of me and requires so little to lose myself in, it asks a lot of me to work things out. Although I can now look back at their older material and constantly confirm their intentions to myself, Tomorrow's Harvest will keep me occupied in this respect for just as long. Although I do have questions this time around, that are slight annoyances rather than general wonder, it’s this kind of trickery that keeps Boards of Canada enjoyable and by the time I've worked out everything from their music that I think I possibly can, they'vee left a sizable mark on my life. Expand
  4. Jun 12, 2013
    10
    The silver lining around the eight-year wait between albums is that my yearning for more BoC sent me on deeper voyages through their catalog until I had absorbed every vibration. At its bleakest, Tomorrow's Harvest never loses its undercurrent of optimism. For the experienced listener, BoC combines heart and brain in music that evokes faint memories of some forgotten, but beloved, home.
  5. 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!
  6. Jun 11, 2013
    10
    Boards of Canada is back. That's all you need to know actually. The same sound you've listened to for years, remade fresh by the only two who can make it happen. Best album this year hands down.
  7. Jun 18, 2013
    9
    What I love about this album is that BoC are still BoC and it is still the best ambient music to date. But it is also completely different. BoC were never so dark, so ambient and so non-melodic. But the atmosphere remains and that's what was initially that what made BoC so special, wasn't it?
  8. Nov 17, 2013
    10
    Another amazing release from one of the pioneers of "IDM". The album is much darker than their previous release The Campfire Headphase, but satisfying nonetheless. I just wish it didn't take them 7 years to release the album.
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 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]
  2. 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]
  3. Jul 8, 2013
    80
    The moody synthesizer soundscapes of Tomorrow’s Harvest reveal their rewardingly intricate layers and details with repeated listens.