If the guys have really quit, this album would be the worst possible ending. It's not terrible, it's just incredibly trivial in large parts, without anything to really hold on to. Technically it is really boring, especially if you listen to many of their demos and early works that have not been released until today, where they had such a deep desire to experiment.
When i first heard this album I admit i was a bit disappointed and didnt listen to it for a long time, then i picked up a song or two over the years and then gave it a proper chance again and now its probably my favourite BoC album. Dont knock it too easy, give it time.
Honestly, I like this album! It’s darker and heavier than the older BOC stuff, but this is an album that grows with every listen. The pressing is great as with every Warp reissue, you can find it at very reasonable price
The soundtrack for 2020. We just didn't know it back in 2013. So the guys were actually 7 years ahead of their time. Btw: don't listen to the naggers: this album is amazing. I think the tracks are more accentuated and clear, which I love, but which also seems to cause a big drama with some ambient/drone connaisseurs...
Here is another Boards Of Canada album. By 2013 the world knew exactly what it was going to get.
1) a lot of tracks, several of which will function as vague interludes and will last around two minutes: check
2) an introductory track that imitates a blurred TV station sting from the 1970s: check
3) layers of cosmetic, imitation tape hiss, to make the music sound more remote in time, more "dreamlike", more "childlike": check
4) ponderous tempos: check
5) microtuning and vaguely conspiratorial-sounding off-(minor-)key synths wafting over one another, as a cheap and easy means of conveying a sense of dread: check
6) no development or modulation within individual tracks: check
7) droning, sustained bass notes, essential for that "ominous™" atmosphere: check
8) blurred and distorted voice samples – some adults, some children – which make generic announcements throughout, "like transmissions from another space and time, man …": check
In other words, "Tomorrow's Harvest" is identical to the previous BoC albums, except for one element: the tracks are generally ever-so-slightly less blurred than before. It took them eight years to come up with this incrementally slight deviation. The problem here is that the removal of some of the hiss reveals just how flimsy the tracks underneath are. And still this album sold by the ton, as will the next.
I'd be interested to know whether anyone has yet formed a Boards Of Canada parody act. It would be easy enough. Anyone can make this lazy junk – just follow the steps above.