Jun 10, 2013Though 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.
Jun 11, 2013Although 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.… Expand
Jun 12, 2013The 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.… Expand
Jun 18, 2013What 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?… Expand
Jun 11, 2013For 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.… Expand
Jun 11, 2013Although 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
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