On June 11, 2013, Scottish electronic duo Boards of Canada released their fourth studio full-length onto US soil. After eight long years, the now ironically titled Tomorrow's Harvesthas hit our ears and it couldn't have come soon enough. Boards of Canada is kind of like the Daft Punk of the experimental scene; a mysterious duo (sans masks) who oftentimes provide little information or insight into their current state of production. Similar to the French house legends, they've also had the tendency to avoid interviews over the years, as well general spotlight on a personal level, and thoroughly enjoy teasing the living hell out of us. Seriously, who else would allow fans to hear their album two weeks early, if only they could use geographic coordinates to find speakers set up in the middle of the California desert? Luckily, for our ears' sake, the game-playing this go around was not for nought.
Tomorrow's Harvest is a throwback to the band's roots, which is something that will absolutely thrill dedicated listeners. The surprisingly organic and more conventional song structure that seemed out of character on their last record, 2005's The Campfire Headphase, is all too absent on this one, instead being replaced by the eerie-but-warm sounds Boards fans are used to. Taking the place of groovy beats and live instrumentals are beatless sounds of the void ("Collapse"), swirling psychedelia ("Split Your Infinities"), and the comforting, rainy-day mood music ("Nothing Is Real") these guys do oh so well. The record as a whole plays out as the soundtrack to a post-apocalyptic world that has a strangely inviting feel to it, as if the best were yet to come. In that sense, Tomorrow's Harvest is one of those albums that sounds instantly familiar, as if it's been in constant rotation on your iPod for years. The songs may be new but the authentically human feelings they evoke, a glimmer of hope in the face of despair, have always been there. Simply put, this album is auditory bliss and Boards of Canada have created a full-bodied work of art that was fully worth the wait.
Check out the the music video above for the new single, "Reach for the Dead," and look out for Tomorrow's Harvest, now available on Amazon!