Boards Of Canada
‘Tomorrow's Harvest’ (Warp)
Daft Punk aren’t the only electro-duo to have their new album hyped beyond all sense. But when you’re a band as secretive as Boards Of Canada, you can’t splash snippets all over Twitter. Instead, the pair – reclusive Edinburgh-born brothers Mike Sandison and Marcus Eoin – created a buzz by stealth, posting cryptic notes on messageboards ahead of their fourth album’s release.
Conceptually, there aren’t many LOLSpm: where the twosome’s debut, ‘Music Has The Right To Children’, wistfully examined childhood memories, nowadays they’re preoccupied with adult themes like, for instance, brooding over the future of humanity. The album’s desolate futuristic vision is similar to that of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road; all savage-beauty and gun-metal landscapes of a post-apocalyptic world – see the mechanical churn of ‘Jacquard Causeway’ and the aptly-titled dystopia of ‘Cold Earth.’
However, it’s as much a rock record as it is an ambient one; the metallic mood-rock pieces of ‘New Seeds’ and ‘Come To Dust’, in particular, recalling Radiohead at their most mardy. Meanwhile, the eerie ‘Reach For The Dead’ sounds like recovered Super-8 footage of a forgotten weekend on Mars.
Far from daft, ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ is a psycho-spiritual stormer.