Thursday 21 September 2017

Harvesting Canada's devotion

Electronica: Boards of Canada.
Electronica: Boards of Canada.
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest (Warp) 4 STARS

If you thought the clamour surrounding Daft Punk's Random Access Memories was over the top, Google this album from Scottish electronica brothers Boards of Canada.

While the pair are nowhere nearly as well known as their Gallic counterparts, they enjoy near obsessional devotion from those who were smitten by their three inventive and painstakingly composed albums to date.

Eight years on from their last offering and Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison remain gloriously single-minded in their efforts to make music that stands out from the pack.

Jacquard Causeway certainly meets that objective: both discordant and melodic, its layered synth bedrock builds and builds into an intoxicating coda.

Elsewhere, Reach for the Dead is a trippy number replete with heavily distorted vocal samples, while Sick Times is a down-tempo, nocturnal exercise in dubstep.

There's even a nod to a more commercial sound: Palace Posy is as close as this pair comes to the dance floor – its vintage synths ratchets the tempo up dramatically. After a long hiatus, Tomorrow's Harvest feels like a significant return.

KEY TRACKS Jacquard Causeway; Reach for the Dead

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