Saturday, May 25, 2013

Artist of the Day: Boards of Canada

Now I'm a cynical type and a fair bit pessimistic if I'm going to be honest with you, so when Boards of Canada announced a new album the first and only thing to come to my head was "this is going to be shit and it will ruin everything." It's a defense mechanism of sorts: through The National, Squarepusher and u-ziq I've yet to be truly disappointed. They're releases aren't quite up to scratch but aren't terrible either, which is a good thing, right?

Two days ago, Boards of Canada gave us the first proper glimpse at their upcoming LP Tomorrow's Harvest. Up to this point the Scottish electronic duo had laid out breadcrumbs in the form of weird, unintelligible screeches and cryptic messages, so a sudden reveal in this way was more than a little unexpected. Thankfully, the track they released is amazing: exceeding all expectations and offering hope for a return to their Music Has The Right to Children/ Geogaddi heyday. The track, titled "Reach for the Dead," is a continuation of their darker sound with an eerie synth line and slow, encroaching percussion. All pessimism has been washed away and I am truly looking forward to what I pray is a brilliant album. Check it out below and get excited.

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