- Tomorrow's Harvest

Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
CRITIC SCORE
82
Based on 37 reviews
2013 Rank: #49 / 937
USER SCORE
79
Based on
209 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
Pretty Much Amazing

These songs, painstakingly constructed using demanding equipment, succeed at creating a cohesive sense of paranoia, fear, and awe. And that, if nothing else, is worth obsessing over.

90
Drowned in Sound

Like a few moments on Tomorrow’s Harvest it’ll take many more listens to decode, but the bulk of the album is immediately dark and succulent, conjuring a beautiful air of malice.

90
The 405

It needs to be listened to in the right sort of atmosphere to reach its full effect, but Boards of Canada's return after seven long years and proved it was worth the wait.

90
PopMatters

It sounds like an extremely well-produced album that took about eight years of slow studio cooking to produce.

90
Spin

It still sounds unmistakably like Boards of Canada, even if their telltale tropes are now scattered across Harvest rather than made to define each of its 17 tracks.

90
Resident Advisor

Bright spots are woven amidst more ruminative fare, providing a sense of narrative that's too often absent in full-lengths these days. Loaded with recurring motifs and studio trickery, Tomorrow's Harvest makes for an especially cryptic listen.

90
No Ripcord

Tomorrow’s Harvest’s greatest strength is how it brings the classic Boards of Canada sound into the modern age and makes it feel totally fresh and alive again – a rare feat for almost any electronic artist.

87
Beats Per Minute

Tomorrow’s Harvest finds the duo launching their sound into Lovecraftian orbit. And it sounds terrific;

83
Pitchfork

What we’re left with is Boards of Canada’s moodiest record, a full-length tinted with atmosphere that unfolds slowly and is happy to allow you to come to it. 

83
Paste

Simulating forward motion is indeed progress, but it would be great if they threaded in a few elements to signify that. Without concreteness they can only get so dark; it’s hard to have a nightmare about something you can’t visualize.

80
DIY

Boards of Canada have created a fascinating vision, one that will reveal more and more gifts over time.

80
The Fly

Far from daft, ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ is a psycho-spiritual stormer.

80
musicOMH

At times, it is a little overwhelming over the 17 tracks, but there are plenty of beautiful moments here, the sort of moments which continue to propel BOC well ahead of many of their IDM contemporaries.

80
The Line of Best Fit

Neither a huge leap forward nor a step back for the pair, it sounds decidedly humble for an album heralded with such fanfare; it’s as if they’re aware that when the dust settles, it’ll just be another BoC album – and another very good one at that.

80
Consequence of Sound

While their latest transmission isn’t the easiest to receive, upon success, it can be the most rewarding piece of science fiction in years.

80
FACT Magazine

There is nothing radically new here – just a slight overhauling of tone, a broadening of theme and a refinement of technique.

80
NME

The granular murk of earlier albums is gone, allowing the band’s brilliant melodies and intricately textured sounds to sparkle darkly.

75
A.V. Club

The hopeless mood takes priority over any purposeful sense of direction, making Tomorrow’s Harvest a shadowy wasteland where only the group’s devoted cult of diehards will care to spend much time.

70
Under The Radar

It might not be a major leap forward for Boards of Canada, but when the music continues to be so obviously them, maybe Tomorrow's Harvest doesn't need to be.

40
Tiny Mix Tapes

Where the dog-eared, snapshot ambient wooze of Twoism and Geogaddi once harbored a feverish throb, Tomorrow’s Harvest now prickles with hollow spaces: a fragmentary, pixelated symbolism has been lost in the construction of an outline of a broader system.

Nov 22, 2014
Tom Simmons
86
Fav Tracks: Reach For The Dead, New Seeds, Come To Dust, Split Your Infinities, Nothing Is Real, Sick Times, Palace Posy, Jacquard Causeway, Sundown, Cold Earth, Gemini
Jan 21, 2014
65
As we continue our journey through the electronic cables, we suddenly realise thet there's no exit.
We were trapped in a circle and we were moving round and round and round...
Aug 31, 2013
NR
Great album and has been background music for sleeping the past month. Played through my DAC/Headphone amp and ATH-M50's and it really shines.
Jun 18, 2013
FinalLifeline
82
If I didn't know better, I would say this is the one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard. Of course, it isn't a soundtrack, but it feels like a movie on its own. Every track is visual; the sounds make you see rather than just hear. It's beautiful, frightening, sad, and emotionally intense. A few more listens, and I may end up a tearful wreck. That's how beautiful this thing is. It's rating is likely to go up for me as the year goes on. Even now, it's ... read more
Jun 11, 2013
100
oh yeah
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 5 - Bleep
# 6 - Clash
# 27 - Cokemachineglow
# 22 - Drowned in Sound
# 42 - Gigwise
# 31 - Listen Before You Buy
# 32 - musicOMH
# 23 - No Ripcord
# 3 - Obscure Sound
# 38 - Pitchfork
# 72 - PopMatters
# 25 - Q Magazine
# 12 - Resident Advisor
# 32 - Rough Trade
# 7 - Spin
# 43 - The Line of Best Fit
# 23 - The Wire
# 39 - Time Out London
# 10 - Uncut
# 103 - Under the Radar
# 42 - Urban Outfitters
# 9 - XLR8R
Track List
  1. Gemini
  2. Reach for the Dead
  3. White Cyclosa
  4. Jacquard Causeway
  5. Telepath
  6. Cold Earth
  7. Transmisiones Ferox
  8. Sick Times
  9. Collapse
  10. Palace Posy
  11. Split Your Infinites
  12. Uritual
  13. Nothing Is Real
  14. Sundown
  15. New Seeds
  16. Come to Dust
  17. Semena Mertvykh


Added on: April 29, 2013