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Tomorrow's Harvest
Boards of Canada
Tomorrow's Harvest
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June 2013
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This album features in the top ten albums of 2013

While Boards of Canada need little introduction, it didn’t stop them mounting a tantalising album teaser campaign of codes and whispers for ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’, their first major release in eight long years, which happily delivered musically amidst a storm of hype.

A far cry from the blissed-out guitar washes that characterised its immediate predecessor ‘The Campfire Headphase’, the album focused the mysterious duo’s palette upon a depiction of technological apocalypse glimpsed from a murky distance. ‘Reach for the Dead’ rendered the duo’s trademark blunted hip-hop percussion ghostly, introducing John Carpenter-esque arpeggios which rear their head again and again in the dystopian landscape, perhaps most convincingly on the chilling ‘White Cyclosa’. Cuts like ‘Jaquard Causeway’ and ‘Cold Earth’ showed Boards at their best, with the beats crisp and physical, punching holes in immaculately textured atmospheres which frame yearning square wave synth lines.

The album’s length afforded the release luxurious ambient tracks, which through repeated listens slowly became the record’s highlights: ‘Sundown’ pushed gorgeous synth pads in and out of a sandstorm of decayed static, while ‘Transmisiones Ferox’ seemed to beam a disembodied voice from some alternate dimension into the brooding and unnerving landscape. Much like 2002’s ‘Geogaddi’, ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ was a vital examining of the darker underbelly of the duo’s output, and felt like a timely addition to their already formidable catalogue.

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  1. 1 Gemini 2:56 Boards of Canada
  2. 2 Reach For The Dead 4:47 Boards of Canada
  3. 3 White Cyclosa 3:13 Boards of Canada
  4. 4 Jacquard Causeway 6:35 Boards of Canada
  5. 5 Telepath 1:32 Boards of Canada
  6. 6 Cold Earth 3:42 Boards of Canada
  7. 7 Transmisiones Ferox 2:18 Boards of Canada
  8. 8 Sick Times 4:16 Boards of Canada
  9. 9 Collapse 2:49 Boards of Canada
  10. 10 Palace Posy 4:05 Boards of Canada
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