Joe GransingerThursday,13 June 2013

The Snap:

After a long eight-year hiatus from the music world, Boards of Canada are back with their fourth studio album, Tomorrow’s Harvest. Continuing with the signature sound featured on previous albums, the newest release is packed with an aura of grainy, spooky, and synth-heavy music that the Scottish duo is known for.

The Download:

Boards of Canada are a unique pair. They somehow manage to find a way to directly target your emotions without the use of vocals in their songs. While it seems as though every person has different feelings towards a song, the point is that everyone feels something. 

The following emotions are listed on just the first page of comments for The Color of Fire: scary, nostalgic, peaceful, youthful, robotic, lonely, beauty, and solitude. Their songs seem to tell you more about yourself than anything else.

Tomorrow’s Harvest continues with the style of music that fans are familiar with. After eight years, you might think that the group would try to add something new to the mix, but they really don’t. Now don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy this album and I don’t think BoC needs to change at all, but don’t expect to get your mind blown by any new sounds and styles.

The album’s second track, Reach for the Dead and the video that accompanies it – has a strong sense of doom and vacancy, and has an end-of-the-world sound that’s hard to explain. It sets the stage for the rest of the album – though it does get slightly happier near the middle – and is one of the few songs that breaks the four minute mark, as most tracks fall well beneath that.

The majority of the songs on Tomorrow’s Harvest are good, but a couple tracks do stand out above the others.

Jacquard Causeway features very warm synthesizers that just swirl around as the song continues to rumble forward with a strange, uneven beat. In fact, it doesn’t really seem like the song should sound good, because it’s just a bunch of notes hitting in strange places, but it works, and it works very well.

Palace Posy – which spells apocalypse if you rearrange the letters – is a drum and bass heavy song that combines a slow synthesized rhythm onto the very life-like percussion setup. While not as fast or exciting as other songs on the album, it does have a strange, tribal, and, well, apocalyptic sound to it.

Whether the end of the world is coming or not – and listening to this album will make you believe that it is – Tomorrow’s Harvest is great.  It doesn’t introduce anything new from Boards of Canada, but, it didn’t need to.

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Boards of Canada, Stereogum, Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons

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